A Woman's Metamorphosis into the 'Butterfly Lady' Ro Vaccaro is known as the butterfly lady in Pacific Grove, Calif., where 18,000 Monarch butterflies come to mate every year. The peak of their mating is always on the week of Valentine's Day. She tells independent producer Brett Myers the story of how she moved to this town on a whim, and underwent a similar caterpillar-to-butterfly-like metamorphosis after seeing the monarchs.
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A Woman's Metamorphosis into the 'Butterfly Lady'

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A Woman's Metamorphosis into the 'Butterfly Lady'

A Woman's Metamorphosis into the 'Butterfly Lady'

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Ro Vaccaro, a.ka. the "butterfly lady," with a Monarch butterfly on her shoulder. Nancy D. Baskin hide caption

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Residents of Pacific Grove, Calif., know Ro Vaccaro as the butterfly lady, and she usually wears at least one butterfly emblem every day.

Pacific Grove is where 18,000 Monarch butterflies come to mate every year, and the peak of their mating is always the week of Valentine's Day.

The 63-year-old Vaccaro tells independent producer Brett Myers the story of how she moved to this town on a whim, and underwent a similar caterpillar-to-butterfly-like metamorphosis after seeing the monarchs.

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Toll-free line for the Friends of the Monarchs in Pacific Grove: 888-746-6627