Pismo Beach celebrates its butterflies at California Western Monarch Day

Visitors flocked to the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove on Saturday to celebrate California Western Monarch Day with talks by experts, educational booths for adults, and art and science activities for the kids. As always, the star attraction was the tens of thousands of monarch butterflies hanging in huge clusters or fluttering among the eucalyptus and pine trees in the grove.

Mosquito that carries Zika virus has long, deadly history

Welcome back, Aedes aegypti, you tiny, blood-sucking bastard. Of the 3,500 species of mosquitoes, you’re almost everybody’s least favorite. You gave us yellow fever, which starts with vicious pain in the joints and ends with projectile vomit of blackened blood. You gave us dengue, which is also known as bone-break fever, because that’s what it feels like.

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