2nd September 2015

Returning to the beautiful Painted Lady (Vanessa Cardui) which I have covered before. Another long-distance migrant flying in from North Africa and the middle East, an incredible feat for a delicate butterfly, this species cannot survive our winters but spreads during summer as far north as the Shetlands. This year isn’t one of the bumper years, when millions can arrive on our shores and breed, but several can still be seen feeding on nectar-rich flowers. They are bright orange-pink colour when young, so some of the must be quite newly hatched, since adults fade quite quickly to a light tan-colour. Easily mistaken at a glance for Red Admirals, they are worth keeping an eye open for and I love the eye patterns on their underwings, brighter in females. Conditions: Sunny intervals with increasing cloud and less breeze. Temperature: Max 14- Min 10c.

Feeding on nectar

Feeding on nectar

The Painted Lady is stronger coloured when young

The Painted Lady is stronger coloured when young

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Female Painted Lady

Female Painted Lady

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