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Prepare for a butterfly onslaught.
According to a news release from the university, Craig Wilson, a senior research associate in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, and butterflyologist, said the anticipated number should double last year’s flyover.
The reason? "The area of trees that are spread between about 12 sites where they hang, or what is termed ‘festoon,’ for warmth has increased from about five acres last year to 10 acres this winter," Wilson said in the release. "That is very good news."
Good news, indeed, for people into butterflies.
If monarchs aren’t your thing, swallowtails, skippers, blues, metal marks, whites, and sulphurs plan visits as well, as much as butterflies plan anything, and certainly there’s a little something among that group for everyone. And if not, Wilson said about 400 types of butterflies and 500 varieties of moths will pass through, each, presumably, numbering in the millions, and good Lord, that is a lot of bugs.