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Butterflies Population Increased: California Enjoys The Heavenly View

Several butterflies are flying around in California.

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Everybody likes butterflies and we have noticed that the population of butterflies or mainly insects have been declined from the past few years. Beautiful painted ladies or these orange butterflies migrate from the deserts of Southern California to the Pacific Northwest. The migration is not also so noticed by the people but this year is different and a different butterfly effect is noticed. Several butterflies are flying around in California.

Professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Arthur M. Shapiro said, “Substantial rainfall in the deserts near the Mexican border, where the North American painted ladies lay their eggs, is the reason for the unusually large swarms. The rain caused plants to thrive, giving the painted lady caterpillars plenty of food to fuel their transformation” These butterflies can fly at the speed of 25 miles per hour.

“The striking thing is they’re moving very rapidly and directionally,” said Professor Shapiro, who has studied butterfly migrations in California for more than 40 years. “So it’s almost like being in a hail of bullets.”

The butterfly outbreak was also seen in 2005 and Shapiro said that this year is also expected to observe the same number of butterflies which were in 2005. This thing is becoming troublesome also as butterflies are coming int he windshield and they are smashing. Shapiro said, “They tend not to veer from oncoming cars, which can prove troublesome in Los Angeles traffic. When the painted ladies smash into a windshield, the result is a glob of yellow, butter-like ooze. That’s the result of the butterfly’s stored fat, used to make the long journey north”

“They’re in a hurry, like the rabbit in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” she said. “They have a very important date.”

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