Thousands of Butterflies Seen Around Laredo
Recently, you may have noticed the windshield on your vehicle has been covered with insects. We spoke to the Director of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center at LCC to find out why there have been so many in the recent weeks and how long you can expect to have your vehicle covered in them.
"From being the hottest driest time before last October, now we're getting to normal or above normal as far as rainfall."
With more greenery and not so much dry brush, the butterflies are simply taking advantage of the weather conditions and are benefiting from all the green foliage.
"Miller says you can expect these butterflies to stick around for a while."
There are two main butterflies that have been seen around the gateway city and are easy to identify. Miller says spotting butterflies has become nearly as popular as bird watching.
"The ones we're seeing are southern white or checkered whites. If you see a yellow one they're most likely sulphurs and the ones we're seeing are cloudless sulphurs."
Plenty are on display at the environmental science center, something Miller says he hasn't seen since 2007. And in case you're wondering just how long these butterflies will stick around...
"We'll see plenty of them all through the fall."