posted on May, 3 2012 @ 05:43 PM
This is my first thread, I am usually more of a lurker but I wanted to share and discuss something unusual happening today where I live.
I am located in upstate NY and it is another warmer than usual day here, in the upper 70s and humid. On a side note we had the long stretch of record
warm weather in March, followed by cold freezes and a late April snow event. This caused a lot of early blooming of trees and plants and we may have
lost almost 100% of apples, peaches, cherries due to the early blossoms being damaged by the cold snaps. Upstate NY produces a large number of fruit
and this will likely be devastating and something everyone will be hearing more of in the coming weeks.
Now I think we are witnessing another odd occurrence from the mild winter and early Spring (Summer like) weather. When I was out driving today there
were butterflies flying everywhere, hundreds of thousands of them! I thought they were locusts at first because of their size and the fact that there
were so many of them. They were flying into cars, all over the road, I had to wash my windshield multiple times to the point it was distracting to
drive. I have never seen or witnessed so many butterflies before. They have been around all day and I think I may have seen one or two of these over
the course of an entire Spring/Summer so this is extremely unusual. They are beautiful with vivid black, orange and white markings and look like
I did some research to identify them as "Red Admirals" after taking a photo of one on the ground and it appears that they are in high numbers in other
states across the country and into Canada as well this Spring. I am interested in knowing if anyone else has witnessed these butterflies (or others)
in large numbers elsewhere?
About the Red Admiral
I also came across some interesting history about them - apparently they are also known as Nabokov's butterfly or "the butterfly of doom". This web
page is long and the information is about half way down.
"Its coloring is quite splendid and I liked it very much in my youth. Great numbers of them migrated from Africa to Northern Russia, where it was
called 'The Butterfly of Doom' because it first appeared in 1881, the year Tsar Alexander II was assassinated, and the markings on the underside of
its two hind wings seem to read '1881'.
A blog about others seeing them in large quantities:
Red Admiral Butterflies
Perhaps they were able to multiply so much more this year because of the mild winter an increase in vegetation or maybe something else is driving
their high numbers such as the high pollen? If it was due to the mild winter perhaps we should see large numbers of other insects this year as
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