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Respite from recent rains opens window for painted ladies

A painted lady butterfly rests on a native sage plant in the front yard of an Encinitas home on Thursday, March 14. (Photo by Roman S. Koenig, North Coast Current)

Roman S. Koenig

March 14, 2019

A swarm of travelers is riding in on light Santa Ana winds along the North Coast following this winter’s record rainfall. Painted lady butterflies, which have been observed in spots throughout the county over the past few weeks, have arrived in even more numbers in Encinitas and surrounding communities.

Butterflies’ beauty on display in Encinitas

A West Coast Lady butterfly rests on a flower at The Monarch Program in Encinitas. (Photo by Kelley Carlson)

Kelley Carlson

October 8, 2012

Around this time of year – while the temperatures are still warm – The Monarch Program facility is aflutter with activity, from butterflies emerging from chrysalises to curious children visiting on school field trips. In the Butterfly Vivarium – the netted outdoor enclosure – it’s not uncommon...

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