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    Tahoe Butterfly effect

    So about a week ago there was a superbloom so to speak of butterfly's, millions are still flying around Tahoe especially the Angora Burn area which has lots of whitethorn. I heard reports of white thorn being defoliated by caterpillars, then they all hatched.

    Been so fun zooming around the trails in clouds of these things flying around, not sure how much longer it will last, seen lots in the Luther pass area also.

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    Millions of butterflies in Lake Tahoe: "Phenomenal Eruption" | South Lake Tahoe - SouthTahoeNow.com


    Little video today coming down the fireroad from Marlette peak TRT to link up Chimney beach today.

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    That is pretty cool. The superbloom affects so many species.

    Was riding the local trail and saw 4 groups of turkeys, more than 12 per group. So many youngins. More to eat, more survive.
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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    There were flocks of them on the Rim trail at Freel Meadows (just north of Toads) last week. And it was buzzing with grasshoppers. I don't know how long the flutterbyes will hang around, but the wildflowers were just starting to peak.
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    Yup, been coming across them in the north lake (Incline Village) area for over a week now. Sad thing is that these clouds migrate down to the road where you see tons of carnage from them (bodies littering the road). Rode Mt. Rose to Marlette on Sunday and there were TONS out wherever there was water on/near the trail. Especially on the way down Tunnel Creek Rd. to the shop.

    Now if whomever was responsible for the parking for the bike/walking path to Sand Harbor would be shot and get their *(&^ together because they have COMPLETELY #$%*ed parking for Tunnel Creek.

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    Very cool. We had a similar caterpillar/butterfly superbloom to go along with the flower super bloom in Anza Borrego this past spring.




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    They are also all over Plumas county!

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    Insects rule! Especially cockroaches! Ugh.

    Been finding a lot of praying mantises at work lately. I love those things- you can pick them up, and they examine you with their serious eyes, cocking their heads like, wtf, man?
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    To read about and/or watch a video is cool. To witness first hand really puts you (well, at least me) in a happy place. I rode Big Chief via Sawtooth today and on both sides of the Sawtooth loop they were fluttering along/getting out of way. Funny, when a fly or what not smacks my cheek I get annoyed but when a couple of the butterflies did the same today I wasn't bothered. Sadly, I now realize I play insect favorites...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRauzer View Post
    To read about and/or watch a video is cool. To witness first hand really puts you (well, at least me) in a happy place. I rode Big Chief via Sawtooth today and on both sides of the Sawtooth loop they were fluttering along/getting out of way. Funny, when a fly or what not smacks my cheek I get annoyed but when a couple of the butterflies did the same today I wasn't bothered. Sadly, I now realize I play insect favorites...
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    Backpacked the TRT from Echo to Mt. Rose last week. At times the butterflies outnumbered the mosquitoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee29 View Post
    Backpacked the TRT from Echo to Mt. Rose last week. At times the butterflies outnumbered the mosquitoes
    That is saying something, especially this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Svahn View Post
    That is saying something, especially this year!
    Right. The Mazzey's are off the hook! But most annoying was the rider who poached the TRT through Mt. Rose wilderness area. A pretty ballsy move IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee29 View Post
    Right. The Mazzey's are off the hook! But most annoying was the rider who poached the TRT through Mt. Rose wilderness area. A pretty ballsy move IMO
    Are you afraid that the feds are gonna close wilderness to bikes?

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    I was laying out the new nature trail today in carpenter. It was a 1-2 punch of awesome between the mosquitos and the yellow jackets!

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    So many even 2 weeks ago coming home on 80 from Truckee..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagonger View Post
    So many even 2 weeks ago coming home on 80 from Truckee..

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    There were plenty on upper DLRT 2 weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Are you afraid that the feds are gonna close wilderness to bikes?

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    Hardly. But I was stunned at the bravado and lack of concern for MY safety by this rider on one of the most exposed areas of the TRT - You know, where bikes are forbidden.

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    Sure beats the Yellow Jacket super bloom from a few seasons ago! That was rough!

    My kids were going nuts with all the butterflies in Donner week before last. Really fun!
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    Dang, I went from Stagecoach over Freel Peak to Armstrong on the TRT on Sunday, and only saw a few butterflies. Was hoping to see many more. No mosquitoes that I noticed during the day.
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