Tag Archives: Painted Lady

View of 3 different species of orange and black butterflies on green Ivy plant

Red Admiral, Comma and Painted Lady. Photo: George McCabe

George sent us this photo he took on 06/10/2019 when he was walking on the Old Coach Road from Upwey to the Ridgeway. He added that there were plenty of Red Admirals about together with Painted Ladies and Commas and also a Peacock which he tried hard to get into the photo as well.  The butterflies were all brought out by the warm, sunny day and like so many found the Ivy a great source of nectar.

View of two butterflies on a pink flower - one orange and black and the other red with white and black eye spot markings.

Peacock and Red Admiral. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of two butterflies on pink flowers - both orange and black but one also with white wing markings.

Painted Lady and Comma. Photo: Shona Refoy

Following a recent very productive butterfly visit to Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden,  Shona wrote in to tell us that she went back there again on 02/10/2019 and on a Eupatorium in the corner found the favourite nectar source where she saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Large White, and at least 2 Peacocks and Commas just on this one plant. Shona has sent in these photos of some of them to share with us adding that she loves photos of non-matching pairs of butterflies – with results like these we can understand why.

View of orange and brown butterfly on lilac coloured Buddleia flower

Painted Lady. Photo: David and Frances Lonsdale

David and Frances sent in this photo taken on 20/09/2019 of a rather tatty Painted Lady which they tell us has been in their garden for a few days.  It has spent it’s time re-fuelling on Buddleia and despite it’s condition has still been capable of strong flight – this is one determined butterfly battling to survive for as long as possible.

Painted Lady, Hengistbury Head

View of an orange butterfly on heather

Painted Lady: Photo: David Wareham

David writes “I was at Hengistbury Head on Thursday 10/08/2019 photographing reptiles there. As I walked through the heather I was flushing Painted Lady butterflies in their dozens, possibly five or six with every step. Just in an area the size of a tennis court there must have been four to six hundred. It was an amazing and magical sight and one I’ve never witnessed before”.

It really has been an incredible year for Painted Lady’s with sightings in most areas of the county – they have been wonderful to see this summer in such quantities.


Small brown butterfly  with orange spots and a white fringe around wings

Common Blue .Photo: Luc Mitchem

BLack, orange and white buitterfly resting on a gravel track

Painted Lady. Photo: Luc Mitchem

Luc went for an afternoon stroll in Smokey Hole Lane, Dorchester on 31/07/19 and sent us these photos of a female Common Blue, and one of ten Painted Lady butterflies which he saw there. On this photo the Painted Lady appears to have ‘eyes’ to warn off predators, not always so noticable when viewed in the field.

This a lovely example of a female Common Blue, showing the blue basal flush and a clear pattern of spots around the wing borders.

Orange black and white butterfly nectaring on Buddleia

Painted Lady. Photo: Paul Godier

When Paul sent us this photo of a Painted Lady taken at Boscombe Cliff Gardens on 1/08/19 it seemed a good idea to post it to the gallery immediately after the Painted Lady aberration photo, to show the difference between them.

Paul commented that he saw at least a dozen in the gardens that day, nothing like the numbers arriving on the East Coast or further North, but nonetheless lovely to see.

Orange butterlfy with black and white wing ends

Painted Lady. Photo: Luc Mitchem

Luc caught this shot at Smokey Hole Lane in Dorchester and tells us it was one of ten he saw of this species.

We have had quite an influx of Painted Ladies (which are all migrants), but nothing compared to the deluge Scotland has been enjoying recently.

Orange ,black and White butterfly resting on a track

Painted Lady. Photo: George McCabe

George was walking in the woods beside Hardy Monument on 26/07/19 when he spotted a Painted Lady on the track.

Although we have had reports of far more in Dorset this year than last, we have yet to see the numbers here that are flying in further north. Thousands were recorded last weekend in Northumberland, so maybe the big 10 year migration is underway.