chasing painted ladies

In the last days of March we were innundated with Painted Lady butterflies. They migrate through the area each year but because of our amazing rainfall this winter, this year’s migration was spectacular.

Literally hundreds of the Painted Ladies fluttered by each minute. It was an amazing sight! (For more on the migration, see this collection of newspaper articles. The bottom one from the LA Times is best.)

Emma and I went out to try our luch at chasing and catching a few. We used the nets from her Elefun game and had some success! Our final tally was 2 in hand and 4 more in the net that escaped before we could look at them up close. Emma was ecstatic, of course.

They’re predicting another huge migration in another few weeks from the eggs laid along the way during March’s migration. Our nets are ready!

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