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Pictured is a variable checkerspot butterfly.
Pictured is a mourning cloak butterfly.
Pictured is a skipper butterfly.
Pictured is a newly hatched monarch butterfly. Photos by Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
2:37 pm PDT July 28, 2014

Despite the drought, Malibu residents are being treated to what appears to be a bumper crop of butterflies this summer. Clouds of tiny marine blues, vivid yellow sulphurs and striking black and yellow western tiger swallowtails are on the wing in gardens throughout the Santa Monica Mountains, joined at times by the royal orange and black monarchs and the ubiquitous and famously speedy fiery skippers.