Painted Ladies appearing in numbers

Painted Lady butterfly with its proboscis into one of the flowers of a head of purple chive flowers
Painted Lady on Chive. Photo: Lyn Pullen

We have received reports of over 200 Painted Ladies today, mainly from the south of Dorset but a few further north. These butterflies are migrants to this country; they may breed here in the summer, but they cannot make it through our winters. Every now and then there is a really bumper year when thousands turn up – is this going to be one of them?


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