A painted lady butterfly sits on a flower in a field at the village of Mrouj, Lebanon April 13, 2019. Picture taken April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A vast number of migrating butterflies have swarmed across Lebanon this year after heavy winter rain in the Middle East led to an exceptional spring for wild flowers.The sheer number of Vanessa Cardui butterflies travelling from Africa to northern Europe caused admiring bewilderment, as millions crossed mountains, fields, villages and cities.For some villagers the influx brought back reminders of a locust infestation that fell upon Lebanon during its Great Famine of 1915-18, in which thousands died and many others emigrated.
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