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Seasonal Showers Fuel Fall Butterfly Bonanza

Seasonal Showers Fuel Fall Butterfly Bonanza, Acreage Insights October 2017,
Painted lady butterfly visiting a yellow coneflower.

Monarchs, sulfurs and painted ladies, oh my!

Steady winter and early spring rains in northern Mexico and California have led to a butterfly bloom that is migrating across the Midwest. While monarch and sulfur butterflies have just started to appear locally, painted lady butterflies have been traveling in large numbers across Nebraska in recent weeks.

In the video below, Jonathan Larson, an assistant extension educator, explains the reasons behind the influx of the colorful flying insects.

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Jonathan Larson
Extension Educator - Entomology

Jonathan Larson is the Nebraska Extension entomologist for Douglas and Sarpy counties. His main focus is lawn and landscape pests but he also helps with bed bugs, roaches, and any other home invader that has six or more legs. Jonathan has his Bachelor of Science in Entomology from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky.

Contact Jonathan at:
Douglas/Sarpy County Extension
8015 W Center Rd.
Omaha, NE 68124-3175
(402) 444-7804