Silver Lake enjoying a “Butterfly Bonanza”

Gulf Fritillary | Diane Edwardson

Gulf Fritillary | Diane Edwardson

SILVER LAKE –– Diane Edwardson says that she and her Corralitas Drive neighbors have noticed the early arrival of butterflies this year. Some brightly colored and rarely seen species, like the Red Admiral and Gulf Fritillary, have been spotted this year among the regulars that float across the lush green grass and blooms.

“Neighbors have been talking about the butterfly bonanza of all species starting so early this year,” Edwardson said on her Corralitas Red Car Property blog. “In 25 years in the Red Car Property Neighborhood, I’ve never seen so many, so early in the year.”

Why have the butterflies arrived so early and in so many numbers to Edwardson’s corner of Silver Lake? Has it been this winter’s intermittent rain storms and heat waves? What ever the reason, Edwardson and neighbors are enjoying the show.

butterfly Red Admiral Butterfly Corralitas 2015-02-16_3_copy

Red Admiral Butterfly | Diane Edwardson

Butterfly Skipper on Native Hyacinth 2015-02-15_copy

Brown Skipper | Diane Edwardson

Swallowtail | Diane Edwardson

Swallowtail | Diane Edwardson


  1. Maybe Silverlake more into no pesticides in the garden? Saw an older man out spraying with whole bottle of Round-up….bleh – – bad. Said something nice re his health – trying to discourage him – of course he thought I was crazy and kept dousing the freaking curb and dirt around his property. If most of us know better – we can make up for those who still insist on using these absurd chemicals freely. Yay Silverlake – welcome back butterflies!!

  2. well i hope those butterflies have parking permits, or they will be getting tiny tickets!

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