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For the past week, we've been marvelling over the great butterfly explosion around town and telling anyone who would listen about how we were caught on the freeway as seemingly thousands of the monarch butterflies decided it was time to cross the 405 at the same time. Turns out they aren't monarchs at all. The Daily Breeze reports that the insects are actually painted lady butterflies and are flying from Northern Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. The reason for the abundance? Our record setting rainfall.

We love the sight of all this new life and the new foliage that has started to crop up in gardens and parks around the city but we're just not so sure our sinuses are going to agree. LAist is starting to worry that this is going to be one hell of a Spring allergy season.