28 Storm of Butterflies

Storm of Butterflies

Posted on August 4, 2010 by team

A spectacle never seen in Vitebsk before: millions of little butterflies covered the entire bridge with their bodies! Maybe it’s the first sign of a doomsday predicted for 2012?


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28 Responses to “Storm of Butterflies”

  1. spunwicked says:

    2nd :)

    I wonder what caused this?

  2. 2a2o says:

    like from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – “it feels like walkin’ on biscuits… ” “these are no biscuits” :D

  3. zimbo1947 says:

    They’re not the Russian version of the monarch butterflies, are they? ;-)

  4. George Johnson says:

    Look like moths, not butterflies. But still….

  5. asdf says:

    Pesticide, probably.

  6. Macsen says:

    I’ll take your butterflies (moths, or whatever…) over our storms of blood sucking mosquitos!

  7. BigCrow.ge says:

    Apocalipsis is coming :)

  8. greek says:

    its because of the fire and the high temperature!

  9. me says:

    poor butterflies :(

  10. BLR says:

    The comments in the original post say it was mayflies (short-living insects that live in water until mating).

  11. Angie says:

    “Adult mayflies are very short lived, surviving only one or two nights. During that time the adults mate in swarms in the air. They are also attracted to lights. Eggs are deposited while flying low over the water, or by dipping the abdomen on the water surface or some even submerge themselves and lay eggs underwater. Adult females lay eggs into water and often die on the water surface.”

  12. kabadisha says:

    Yep, those are definitely mayflies. They spend most of their life as larva living in the river. Eventually they all pupate and emerge as adults at the same time (it is believed that they use lunar cycles to synchronise). They fly upstream as a cloud desperately trying to mate. The females then deposit their eggs in the river and both males and females die soon after. Their adult life is so short in fact that they don’t even have a mouth as they don’t live long enough to need to eat!

  13. harfang says:

    Seriously, mayflies are nothing to write home about. It’s pretty unusual for them to congregate like that in an urban area, but here in the north-central U.S. where we’re between woods and prairie, people who live outside the city have mayflies mob their house for a week or so every year.

  14. random says:

    we get them here in Ottawa Canada every year, just like that

  15. random says:

    we get them here in Ottawa Canada every year, just like that

  16. Bigtuna says:

    Hmmm. Definitely mayflies, the hatch out in very large numbers. I bet their shed skins are everywhere too.

  17. TimO says:

    You see the weather and the…nevermind!

  18. Just Imagine…if these butterflies were color…it would have been SO beautiful

  19. Gemfyre says:

    I was gonna say, those aren’t butterflies, they look like termite or ant alates (the winged forms), but others have explained, they are Mayflies.

  20. yvvan says:

    common in southern France where they are called éphémères or one-day flies ( ephemeroptera )They live only a few hours actually, mating in the air and then falling .
    But in Russia ??? Is your climate changing??

  21. cuhadar says:

    woow a strange image. I want to live there, and that moment

  22. TVdame says:

    very unsually for belarus…

  23. Livia says:

    Oh, that’s something new. I thought Vitebsk is in Belarus and have never heard about the Russian one. Nice.

  24. anemischi3 says:

    maybe those things are not butterflies,
    in my country, those creatures will appear when he weather is getting cold, they looking for warm place like surround the lamp, or something heat. We always turn off the lamp so they won’t come into our house. we call they moth.

  25. ara says:

    the beetle must wonder if it had reach the food heaven haha. lotsa food there

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