Millions of Butterflies Arrive in Cyprus

Millions of butterflies have appeared in Cyprus, which lies on their annual migration route from North Africa.

According to Elli Tzirkalli, a doctoral student at Ioannina University and a butterfly researcher, the mass migration of the Vanessa Cardui or Painted Lady begins in North Africa, passes through Israel and Cyprus, across the Mediterranean and then on to Central Europe.

Painted Lady butterflies will also be seen in the UK in early May, she said.
Tzirkalli said that the arrival of these butterflies on Cyprus is seen every year, however, this year’s migration appears to have multiple generations. Their migration is prompted by weather conditions and the need for survival, she said.