Flutterbies !. OK, I know it should be Butterflies, but I like the name. It seems appropriate as they ‘Flutter By’
This year has seen a massive migration of the Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui.
The species undertakes an extraordinary 7500 mile round trip from Tropical Africa to the Arctic Circle every year. The Female Painted Ladies lay their eggs on thistle plants and a generation of butterflies develop later in the Summer, but the species cannot survive our winter.
This morning I was walking along the beach and through the Hightown Dunes and meadows and there were hundreds of the butterflies on the wing. A migration on this scale has not been seen since 2009.
What will I find next week?