(iStock) In the days following the so-called “super bloom” -- which has covered the Anza-Borrego desert in purple, orange and bright yellow wildflowers -- Southern California has also received another jaw-dropping gift from Mother Nature: Painted lady butterflies, which have arrived in swarms.
The butterflies are currently on their migration route from wintering grounds in northern Mexico and other areas to the Pacific Northwest, namely Oregon and Washington, the Los Angeles Times reported.
‘SUPER BLOOM’ COVERS CALIFORNIA DESERT IN COLORFUL WILDFLOWERS Though the insects embark on a similar journey each year, the number of painted ladies that have been spotted in The Golden State in recent days are said to be more than normal.
Specifically for the super bloom, a massive amount of rain (which, Richard Minnich, a professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Riverside told KPBS is “150 percent more than normal"), followed by warm weather led to the perfect conditions for long-dormant seeds under the desert surface to burst into life.
CALIFORNIA’S MONARCH BUTTERFLY POPULATION IS ‘DISTURBINGLY LOW,’ FALLING 86 PERCENT IN 1 YEAR: SCIENTISTS "Years of tremendous wildflower blooms typically are really big painted lady years," Arthur M. Shapiro, a professor at the University of California, Davis' Department of Evolution and Ecology, College of Biological Sciences, told NBC News.