Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fractal Cloud of Monarch Butterflies

A massive cloud of monarch butterflies heading south for winter through St. Louis, Missouri, looks like a giant butterfly. A nice example of nature replicating patterns up and down scale. The small white lines on the chart indicate counties. This butterfly cloud is huge.
Gigantic cloud of monarch butterflies crossing Missouri.
In fractal terms, you could say the cloud is a fractal iteration upscale of the butterfly. The wings are obvious, and it even replicated the antennae and body! In the third panel where you can barely see the cloud, the butterflies are probably wings down in unison flapping and not reflecting the radar.