Painted Lady. Photo: Ann Barlow
Ann spotted this Painted Lady in her garden at Corfe Mullen on 02/10/17.
It looks to be in very good condition so is possibly the offspring of a migrant which arrived here earlier in the year.
This butterfly arrives in the UK every year and breeds here during the warmer months, with the offspring then emigrating southwards.
A Medley of Butterflies. Photo: James Gould
James took this photo in his garden at Dorchester on 12/09/17
He tells us:
A good butterfly day in the garden today with the ubiquitous Whites being joined by Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshell, a Painted Lady and a Comma. At one point, the Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady and Comma were all nectaring from the same plant.
The plant they are nectaring on is Erysimum, Bowles Mauve. A short-lived perennial, which flowers throughout a lot of the year in in the South, making it a valuable butterfly plant to grow in any garden soil.
Painted Lady. Photo: Andrew Reekie
Andrew saw four or five of these beautiful migrant butterflies on 02/08/2017 while walking the South East coast path at Portland.
Records show that whilst we can get reasonable numbers during good summers in the UK, about every 10 years we experience a spectacle of many millions arriving to our shores. The last time this happened was 2009.
Wall Brown. Photo: Brian Arnold
Painted Lady. Photo: Brian Arnold
Brian emailed us to talk about his butterfly count on 24/07/2017
“What a day today has been. I counted 17 species of butterfly in my garden today, including a Wall which I have never seen in my garden before.
The species I recorded were – Silver-washed Fritillary, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Wall, Gatekeeper, Comma, Small Copper, Brimstone, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, and Speckled Wood. This totals one quarter of all British species.”
Painted Lady. Photo: Mark Pike.
Taken at Durlston Country Park on 14/05/2017.
The warmth and sunshine on Saturday 18th February brought in reports of 13 butterflies. Continue reading
Painted Lady. Photo: Elaine Conlon
A Painted Lady butterfly in great condition near Winspit caves on 11/10/2016.
Painted Lady (Upperside). Photo: Penny Hawes
Painted Lady (Underside). Photo: Penny Hawes
A slice of summer now with these gorgeous photographs of a Painted Lady butterfly that were captured by Penny Hawes back on 06/08/2016 at Flowers Barrow.
Painted Lady caterpillar. Photo: Karen Williams
A wonderfully late find by Karen Williams of a Painted Lady caterpillar found in the car-park at Brandy Row, Chiswell on Portland on 11/10/2016. The butterfly, which is a migrant to Britain each year, is continuously brooded on the continent but here in the UK, the species is unable to survive our winters at any stage and so the butterflies will either die or make a return flight to North Africa.
Painted Lady (Upperside). Photo: Elaine Conlon
Painted Lady (Underside). Photo: Elaine Conlon
Two colourful shots of a Painted Lady butterfly that visited Elaine Conlon’s garden in Broadstone on 26/08/2016.