Painted Lady crossing — one billion butterflies cross California in an epic migration. (Renee Schiavone, Photo)NEWPORT BEACH, CA —For the past several days in Southern California, residents haven’t been able to walk outside, drive or go just about anywhere without running into a horde of butterflies swirling on the breeze. According to expert Tom Merriman of Butterfly Farms, in a conversation with Pasadena Star News, 1 billion painted ladies are migrating north and will flutter by over the next few weeks as they travel to their breeding grounds in Oregon. In Orange County, residents chatted up their painted lady stories on social media, discussing seeing clouds of butterflies taking off and zipping around from Baker Ranch to Aliso Viejo.Find out what’s happening in Newport Beach-Corona Del Marwith free, real-time updates from Patch.Let’s go!Residents in Rancho Santa Margarita reported it is hard to drive for not wanting to hit waves of the tiny butterflies. Hundreds of butterflies were seen flying north, up El Camino in San Clemente on Tuesday afternoon. Butterflies were spotted in Foothill Ranch, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Niguel, and according to readers, they were flying along the immediate coastline.Find out what’s happening in Newport Beach-Corona Del Marwith free, real-time updates from Patch.Let’s go!”It’s just too beautiful out there!” Orange County mom Nudrat Wasif said on Facebook. “I’ve never seen so many butterflies in my life, it really feels like a dream.” Experts say that the butterfly migration could continue for a month more. Have you seen them? Share your stories with Patch! Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.ThankReply Share
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