05/12/2019 - 11:00

Submitted by mariposa on Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:58
Painted lady
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Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 11:00
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Bishop, California. "In Bishop, California this morning, we are being assaulted by what can only be described as swarms of painted ladies. In over 30 years of living out West, we’ve never seen so many. Immediately in front of us we can see upwards of 100 continuously. Every car is plastered yellow on the front and the sides of the bigger roads are just a mass of their bodies. See my pic of our car front. They are flying to the east - which is interesting as the huge continuous snow-coveted bastion of the Sierras is the direction they are flying from, only a few miles away. Where did they breed? An amazing species that we doubtless have more to learn about." Observed by Ian Watkinson, DesertLeps newsgroup, May 12, 2019.