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a cloud of butterflies in the Tucavaca Valley in eastern Bolivia
July 17, 2014

Flying Confetti

A cloud of butterflies descends upon the Tucavaca Valley in eastern Bolivia. In years with shorter, wetter dry seasons, millions of butterflies will arrive at the beginning of the rainy season. “We probably saw several millions of butterflies in the approximately ten miles that we drove through the valley,” writes photographer Steffen Reichle, who waited 11 years to get this shot after first visiting the region in 2001 without a camera.

Reichle’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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Photograph by Steffen Reichle, National Geographic Your Shot

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