The recent migration of the Painted Lady Butterfly literally exploded across the Southland in February and March, when thousands of these butterflies frantically raced north to their Oregon breeding grounds. It was a scene never before seen in the Los Angeles area. The Painted Lady is a cousin to the Monarch Butterfly. Above, one appears just beyond the Manzanita flower in the background. Many a Painted Lady ventured through the Garden Center with a small number of them staying a bit longer underneath the shade cloth that covers our Shady Plants section. Look on our Facebook page to see our video of them during their visit.