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    By FIONA MACDONALD

    If you’ve been on social media this week, you might have noticed Californians going crazy over the sudden appearance of millions of butterflies, flying north en masse through the state. It’s pretty much the exact joyful display of nature that the world needs right now

    But it’s also a beautiful and rare sight in a world where insects are disappearing more rapidly than ever before. Experts are saying there hasn’t been this kind of butterfly migration through the state since 2005.

    So what’s going on?

    https://twitter.com/PeterMacNicol1/status/1105518409280708608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1105518409280708608&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sciencealert.com%2Finsects-are-disappearing-but-california-just-got-a-beautiful-explosion-of-butterflies

    Contrary to what some people are posting, these aren’t monarch butterflies: they’re painted lady butterflies. And this is part of their annual migration in the Americas.

    Read the rest of the story on Science Alert


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