Nebraska sees spike in butterfly population

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The University of Nebraska Lincoln West Central Research Extension Center says it's getting reports of hundreds of painted ladies butterflies in some flowers that would usually only draw a few dozen.

Experts say the butterflies may be migrating or getting ready to lay eggs for the next cycle.

"Definitely the whole summertime has allowed them to build up their populations, so the caterpillars did very well in soybean, not just in Nebraska, but in other parts of the midwest as well," said UNL West Central Research Extension Center Extension Specialist Julie Peterson. "So we could also be seeing some of the butterflies that are making their way south from say, the Dakotas as well."

The butterflies are expected to stick around for another week before they continue their journey south.