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By Diane Sieker

Painted lady butterflies invade Anza


Last updated 3/13/2019 at 11:22pm

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This Painted Lady butterfly shows off the undersides of its delicate wings.

For the last couple of weeks, the skies over the Anza Valley have exploded with delightful butterflies. Moving in large flocks, these determined insects have decorated cars en masse, much to the horror of motorists suffering yellow smears on their windshields and grilles. Traffic on the local highways has even been affected, as drivers slow to avoid too many bug collisions.

Called moths, monarchs and even pests, these interesting creatures are actually painted lady butterflies, with the scientific name of Vanessa cardui. While closely related to the monarch butterfly, Painted ladies are sm...

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