The Painted Lady Butterfly is one of the most widespread butterflies on Earth, it is on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. They sometimes migrate and when they do, they travel in large numbers.
Last month the weather forecasters in Denver, Colorado saw something on radar that they assumed was a flock of birds and asked for the ornithologists to identify the species. Instead, it was determined to be thousands of butterflies, a flight of Painted Ladies! (Most birds migrate at night anyway, the bird experts told them.) You may read about the story here.
Now, that link I gave you shows a photo of a Painted Lady butterfly and says that it is often mistaken for a Monarch butterfly. Say what? Never! Just look at them!
They are both beautiful butterflies but one is a Painted Lady and one is a Monarch. Got it? Of course you do and you would never mistake them! My mind will rest easy now...
We have really enjoyed our butterflies this summer...and since it was in the 80's today, we are still enjoying them.
Butterflies are always on MY radar! (Yes, I said it!)
Very grateful that the Mexican sunflowers that I planted from seed have done so well this year. The butterflies really love them. I can't blame them...I came home from work and looked up at the flower as I walked past and the orange petals against that blue sky...well, you know I had to go and take a picture so you could share in this joyful moment.