Tuesday, 18 August 2015

No boarder controls for this immigrant.

And what a stunning migrant from Africa and Europe this visitor is.

The Painted Lady visits our shores annually in variable numbers from April onwards and is a very colourful and welcome addition to our native species.

On migration these Butterflies have been Radar tracked at altitudes of 3000 feet with ground speeds of 30 mph.

It will have two or three broods between June and October before return migration in October.

As always Teasels, a very popular food source for many species, make a very photogenic backdrop to the image.  


  1. Great image John, no expert myself but at my haunts I reckon butterflies have been a bit thin on the ground thus Sumner, or is it just me?

  2. Titchmarsh seems to have had a good year Doug, particularly with Comma's.