Thousands of Butterflies Take to the Skies

Be on the lookout - Monarch butterflies take to South Pasadena skies by the thousands!

PHOTO: Pixabay

With the break in the onslaught of recent storms, monarch butteries and painted ladies are taking full advantage of the warm sun. The black-veined orange butteries are filling South Pasadena skies by the thousands.

If you are out and about, check it out!

We welcome any submissions of photos and videos of this rare phenomenon to!

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ILLUSTRATION: Maia Thomas | News | Monarch Fusion


Rick Thomas
Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.


  1. I remember in my early teen age, see in Buenos Aires beautiful butterflies, all kind of different colors.. September is welcoming the new Spring season. And butterflies are in charge of reminde the beautiful warm weather.