8th June 2015

The Painted Lady– it’s not surprising that this specimen is rather tatty as the Painted Lady migrates here from North Africa and Europe from March onwards, and by mid-summer, in a good year, it can have reached Shetland and Orkney! It is the only Butterfly ever recorded in Iceland, which shows what a strong flyer it is. It cannot overwinter in this country but in some years, as in 2009, thousands and thousands arrive. I only saw one while I was walking along a grassy path in Catsfield today, and it was feeding solely on Buttercups. Travelling back to Sheffield tomorrow- I wonder if the Painted Lady’s will have got there before us! Conditions: Sunny most of the day. Temperature: Max 17- Min 8cIMG_9581IMG_9730IMG_9588

Painted Lady- the pearly undersides are beautiful, and good camouflage

Painted Lady- the pearly undersides are beautiful, and good camouflage

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