In the last few weeks, thousands of Painted Lady Butterflies have started migrating from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest through Central California. I’ve been enjoying watching them come through our area. They are quite pretty with orange/black/white wing tops and a delicate under wing with a lot of fine detail.
I found a few of them that had been killed by cars, so I decided to take some microscope images of their wings. The fine structure of their wing surface is neat to see up close. It’s impressive that such delicate creatures can migrate so far.