Lecture Assignment 1

I experienced the migration of Vanessa cardui, or painted lady butterflies through southern California. I am from Los Angeles, and was lucky enough to have this beautiful experience! Hundreds of orange butterflies flew through the sky; there were so many that some hit my windshield while driving! While watching the butterflies over the span of a week, it brought this question to mind: "Why do they travel so far?". After doing research I know that they migrate towards more vegetation for the caterpillar offspring. It is fascinating to me that such small organisms travel so many miles. Their migration is my favorite experience with insects by far!

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