view of a Painted Lady nectaring on Verbena flowers showing uppersides of all wings

Painted Lady. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona spotted this lovely Painted Lady whilst at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacey allotments on 13/10/18.

This is a migrant butterfly sometimes arriving in large numbers though not in 2018. Unfortunately, this species is unable to survive our winter in any stage. This is a real shame as it is a welcome sight as it nectars in gardens throughout the British Isles in late summer.

 

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