A Big Painted Lady Migration

Here in Iowa we are having a big painted lady migration event.  The numbers we are seeing probably happen less than once a decade.  We do have a pretty good scientist that keeps track of such things–Dr. Royce Bitzer has a web site on the migration patterns of several Vanessa species.

I am seeing painted ladies all over the place–covering the flowers and resting in the grass.  Watch the sky and they can be seen flying by.

Often they are in competition for the same flower.

They visit about any flower they can find.  I counted 57 individuals in a little over half an hour today.  Most days this summer I have seen less than 10 butterflies of any species in about the same time.

The migration of painted ladies is probably not as well known as that of monarchs.  Most years we have far fewer than we have now.

Monarchs will be migrating through here soon.  Right now, though, they are overwhelmed by the painted ladies.

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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1 Response to A Big Painted Lady Migration

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    I’ve seen more of them this year in New Jersey too!

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