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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.

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