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While in Omaha for Earth Day he was "amazed" to see dozens of the winged beauties, some nectaring on honey locust blossoms, above, while others rested on the ground during the cool, windy morning. (John Weber / For the Enterprise)

A riot of red

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Butterfly enthusiast John Weber has been on "red alert" in recent weeks. Last year, Weber observed 12,767 butterflies on daily walks, but only one Red Admiral. "What a difference a year makes," he said, having observed up to three a day since early April. Wednesday, he reported, "a riot of red." While in Omaha for Earth Day he was "amazed" to see dozens of the winged beauties, some nectaring on honey locust blossoms, above, while others rested on the ground during the cool, windy morning. "As the offspring of these Red Admirals head north in the coming weeks, we could see dozens - possibly hundreds - on the July butterfly counts," he speculates.

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