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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Animals' started by tarasgirl06, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    This is not a companion animal post, but I had to record it anyway.

    I just went outside to put some rubbish in the bin and get a few grapefruits and lemons from the trees and noticed a lot of bees visiting the citrus blossoms, which always buoys my mood. Then I saw a butterfly. Then another, and another -- and I stood there in the midst of the second monarch migration I have experienced. The first was in 2005 in the Mojave, and was one of the absolute thrills of my life up until then. I never thought I would see another. But now I have!

    Besides loving butterflies all my life, the symbolism of metamorphosis has deep meaning for me. And the sight of these tiny, fragile beings making their way on their epic journey has lifted my spirits on what had been, shall we say, not one of the best days I've ever had.

    I don't have the type of camera equipment to record it, but it will live in my mind and soul!

    *CORRECTION: Actually, both times, the butterfly type is Painted Lady.*
     
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  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Forum Helper Staff Member Forum Helper

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    WOW!!
     
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  3. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    Yeah, MAJOR WOW. It's something you really have to experience to feel the depth of, and most people never get to. Now I have, twice!
     
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    Denver had a huge Painted Lady migration a couple of years ago. It really is a marvelous thing, you fortunate person you :)!
     
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  5. Kat0121

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    How awesome!! I adore butterflies! They are beautiful, graceful and very magical creatures. :cloud9: :butterfly::butterfly::butterfly::butterfly::butterfly::butterfly::butterfly::butterfly::butterfly:
     
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  6. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    YES! No matter the kind, each type is beautiful and the symbolism is very deep, especially when we may be having a lot of sorrow and stress in our daily lives. It is something to make the heart soar!
     
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    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    OM! I wasn't sure these, or the others, were monarchs, because I thought monarchs were larger and I wasn't sure about the coloration. So I just looked up Painted Lady and that's what they were, both times!
     
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    Aww, that's awesome!
     
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    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    They're still coming, too! at 1456 PDT. And I texted a local friend to tell her about them. She said she saw them early this morning in another (local) location. So this is a major migration!

    Here they are! And it mentions that the last big migration like this was in 2005--the one I saw and stood in the midst of in the Mojave.

    Southern California skies fill with butterflies thanks to painted lady migration
     
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  10. Kieka

    Kieka Snowshoe Servant Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I am not too far from you and it is just a crazy amount. I feel a smidgen guilty driving right now because I hit so many. Only good news is they don't seem to be as active during my major commute so it's minimal. My Mom keeps moving all out butterfly friendly plants hoping to encourage some early mating and caterpillars in our yard.
     
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  11. neely

    neely TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I purposely try to plant perennials that will attract butterflies. :purplebutterfly: I see Monarchs in my yard every year but nowhere near the amount I saw when I was growing up.
     
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  12. tarasgirl06

    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    That happened in 2005, too. My ex said he was hitting them like crazy on the freeway. It's terrible, but it can't be helped unless, like me, you don't drive. Aren't they amazing!!!
     
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    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    IMG_1219.JPG This beautiful Lady sat still long enough for me to go in the house, get my phone, and come back out. She let me get really close, too.
     
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    :yess:

    and THANK YOU tarasgirl for that article :cloud9:
     
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    tarasgirl06 Thread Starter TCS Member Top Cat

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    I didn't want to drive everyone crazy but there are quite a few articles up with quite a few videos. Just google "Painted Lady Butterly Migration" if you want to see more.
     
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    :thumbsup:
     
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