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Sign of Pole Shifting? 'Tidal wave of butterflies’ hits Eastern Canada "many more than usual and much earlier than expected"

 
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Butterflies may not grow on trees, but it’s starting to look like they do.

Eastern Canada is in the midst of what’s believed to be the biggest springtime butterfly migration in history. Hundreds of thousands of butterflies have made their way north — many more than usual and much earlier than expected.

While butterfly observers are in a frenzy, others are wondering where they all came from. And with Thursday’s forecasted high of 22 C in Toronto, the new arrivals will be out and about and hard to miss.

“There’s never been anything like this. This is like a tidal wave of butterflies making their way north,” said Jeremy Kerr, a biologist at the University of Ottawa.

Glenn Richardson, president of the Toronto Entomologists’ Association who’s been observing butterflies since the late 1960s, called it “the largest migration that I’ve ever seen.” He estimates the population is 20 times higher than usual.

About 90 per cent of the butterflies are red admirals, easily identified by their dark brown, red and black wing patterns. They are common in Ontario summers, but spend winters in the southeastern U.S.

Abnormally warm weather down south — the U.S. had its hottest March ever — created ideal conditions for the insects to grow and populate. That heat also cued the northern migration.

“Normally what would happen is … they’d hit some really cold zone and they would lose the ability to disperse in that area — they would stop,” said Kerr, who leads the Canadian Facility for Ecoinformatics Research. “But they were hitting temperatures they would expect to find at the end of June, so they just kept going.”

And with strong southern winds earlier this week, the record number of butterflies invaded much sooner than usual. By Tuesday morning they were spread across Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Maxim Larrivée, a postdoctoral fellow working with Kerr, said they have travelled 300 to 400 kilometres per day.

Although it’s difficult to pin down exact numbers, Kerr said there could be millions of butterflies across Eastern Canada. Larrivée said one man found an estimated 20,000 butterflies in the backyard of his London, Ont. home and there are other reports of butterfly-covered trees.

The bugs’ timing is fortuitous for Kerr’s research team, which launched an online butterfly tracking tool last week.

Ebutterfly.ca allows “citizen scientists” to share their butterfly observations by uploading digital photos, keep lists of species and build maps. Larrivée, who created the website, said it has already received more than 2,200 submissions.

Researchers don’t know what will happen to the butterflies. They feed on nectar, and flowers’ blooming time is less related to warm weather than the butterflies’ migratory habits. The effect a possible cold snap could have on them is also a concern. But there also could also be no problems at all.

“The question for us is: is this a migration to nowhere?” Kerr said. “They need nectar sources … they’re like gas in the tank for them, and right now the gas stations are all closed.”

But since there are so many of the butterflies, the red admiral population itself isn’t in any danger.

“Right now we should just enjoy the number of butterflies we’re seeing,” said Antonia Guidotti, entomology technician in the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum. “It’s a harbinger of spring.”

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Pretty, but signs of a shifting pole? Something going down in the South?
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Thanks for the 5*

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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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if only the REAL one will be so soft and cuddly.

it won't be
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if only the REAL one will be so soft and cuddly.

it won't be
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Yep you've got that right....they make it sound so pretty and fairy tale like...meanwhile beneath the Earth's crust....

doom
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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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dimensional shift coming

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dimensional shift coming

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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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Illinois too! I have seen more than usual in the last few days. I even had one sitting on my bedroom window which was unusual. hfIt's almost like a symbol of the earth morphing into something more beautiful in the very near feature.
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Illinois too! I have seen more than usual in the last few days. I even had one sitting on my bedroom window which was unusual. hfIt's almost like a symbol of the earth morphing into something more beautiful in the very near feature.
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hf
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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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bump1 for primetime exposure.
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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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I read a book called Picture Maker and then the follow up Dreamweaver by Penina Spinka.
In it the woman was a seer and it was foretold that a mass migration of butterflies would signal the beginning of the end.
It had to do with Vikings, Indians, a lineage of seers in one families women.
It was a cool read and your post reminded me of it Op.
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aw, look at his cheeky little facE!

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Thank you!
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~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
~ Sagan

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I read a book called Picture Maker and then the follow up Dreamweaver by Penina Spinka.
In it the woman was a seer and it was foretold that a mass migration of butterflies would signal the beginning of the end.
It had to do with Vikings, Indians, a lineage of seers in one families women.
It was a cool read and your post reminded me of it Op.
hf
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hfhf
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~ Hitchens

"The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but how it thinks."
~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
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Thank you!
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You're very welcome :)

I'm in southern Ontario... yesterday while doing yard work, I was really taken by the number of butterflies... a couple were landing on my shoulders so I stopped to look up and around.... I counted 8 in my general area. Later, while sitting on the deck, I noticed many more fluttering about. The sheer number of them made me take notice.

Your post is very timely :)
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Thank you!
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You're very welcome :)

I'm in southern Ontario... yesterday while doing yard work, I was really taken by the number of butterflies... a couple were landing on my shoulders so I stopped to look up and around.... I counted 8 in my general area. Later, while sitting on the deck, I noticed many more fluttering about. The sheer number of them made me take notice.

Your post is very timely :)
 Quoting: Kismet 1948683


hf
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~ Hitchens

"The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but how it thinks."
~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
~ Sagan

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I'm bumping this because of this video I saw today which talks about unusual large swarms of bees, ants, and ticks in the news.

Link to video: [link to news.yahoo.com]

When are we going to admit that nothing is normal in 2012?bump
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I'm bumping this because of this video I saw today which talks about unusual large swarms of bees, ants, and ticks in the news.

Link to video: [link to news.yahoo.com]

When are we going to admit that nothing is normal in 2012?bump
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Thank you. It concerns me very much....Front page of one of our national papers had a story on swarming jellyfish the other day. These things are not normal. Dare I suggest a pin?
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Nobody told me there'd be days like these....Strange days indeed!
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"It is our innate solidarity - not some despotism of the sky - that is our source of morality and sense of decency."
~ Hitchens

"The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but how it thinks."
~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
~ Sagan

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~ Hitchens

"The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but how it thinks."
~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
~ Sagan

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I'm bumping this because of this video I saw today which talks about unusual large swarms of bees, ants, and ticks in the news.

Link to video: [link to news.yahoo.com]

When are we going to admit that nothing is normal in 2012?bump
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Easter sunday morning one of my beehives swarmed. This is only the second year for this hive -- they are not typically on swarm watch till the thrird year. My daughter told me to look out side, it appeard to be a dark whirlwind of at least 70,000 (no exaggeration) bees rising up from the hive. I had to do an emergeny split, making two hives. When I had it opened there were at least 10 new queen cells. Not typical for such a young hive or for this early in the season.

The new split is doing well and the mother hive has calmed down.
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I'm bumping this because of this video I saw today which talks about unusual large swarms of bees, ants, and ticks in the news.

Link to video: [link to news.yahoo.com]

When are we going to admit that nothing is normal in 2012?bump
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Easter sunday morning one of my beehives swarmed. This is only the second year for this hive -- they are not typically on swarm watch till the thrird year. My daughter told me to look out side, it appeard to be a dark whirlwind of at least 70,000 (no exaggeration) bees rising up from the hive. I had to do an emergeny split, making two hives. When I had it opened there were at least 10 new queen cells. Not typical for such a young hive or for this early in the season.

The new split is doing well and the mother hive has calmed down.
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Thanks. Glad all is well.
hf
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"It is our innate solidarity - not some despotism of the sky - that is our source of morality and sense of decency."
~ Hitchens

"The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but how it thinks."
~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
~ Sagan

I LOVE science and I LOVE space but I am hugely skeptical and don't trust a word NASA says.
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I'm bumping this because of this video I saw today which talks about unusual large swarms of bees, ants, and ticks in the news.

Link to video: [link to news.yahoo.com]

When are we going to admit that nothing is normal in 2012?bump
 Quoting: Anonymity


Thank you. It concerns me very much....Front page of one of our national papers had a story on swarming jellyfish the other day. These things are not normal. Dare I suggest a pin?
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I think this should be pinned too!
I'll also suggest one.hfbump
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~ Hitchens

"The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but how it thinks."
~ Hitchens

"A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
~ Sagan

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