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Butterfly fans, rejoice! The ‘painted ladies’ are headed north

The butterflies are coming!
In their annual migration north, clouds of the famed “painted ladies” are putting on quite a show this week in Southern California, from Monrovia to Santa Anita to West Hollywood and LAX. Social media is erupting with joy, compounded by the fact that this beautiful bounty comes in an era of crisis in California for butterflies of all make and model. Related Articles

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The number of butterflies in the Golden State has been in decline for decades, according to some researchers reaching historic lows in 2018. A monarch butterfly count led by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in November “found only 28,429 of the iconic orange-and-black insects wintering along the California coast,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times . “That figure represents an 85% drop from the previous year and a 99.4% plunge compared with 40 years ago.”
Which makes this season’s explosion of painted ladies, those iconic orange-and-black winged beauties, all the more surprising.

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