04 Painted Lady

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.

01 Painted Lady

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.

02 Painted Lady

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.

03 Painted Lady

What will I find next week?

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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1 Response to Flutterbies.

  1. Marie Moran says:

    I hardly ever see butterflies anymore. I remember during the 50’s we lived in the US and there seemed to be lots of colourful butterflies. Was it just a childhood memory or were there more butterflies?

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