03/16/2019 - 00:00

Submitted by mariposa on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 16:50
Painted lady
Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 00:00
Number Observed: 
Migrating individual(s)
Wind Speed: 
Santa Clarita, California. I took a long drive this morning from the coast (Long Beach) up north to ultimately the high desert and back. I saw swarms of them crossing Hwy 14 in Santa Clarita, then I got back to the coast and drove through about a two mile-wide swath of them all the way where I got off the 605 freeway going south to my destination, a schoolyard habitat. They crossed our Garden in droves, but many of them paused at a butterfly magnet, mule fat (Baccharis salicifolia), a wetlands plant, before they left. I stared at them for a while and thought, “How precious they are.” Observed by Wildthumb, Daily Kos.