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The Lady’s Return Visit

By pamelajean
The beautiful painted lady butterfly returns to the lavender in my garden again. I know we are seeing a lot of pictures of this butterfly on EPZ, but there's a reason for that.

This species is a migrant to our shores from North Africa and, in some years, the migration can be spectacular. The last spectacle, in 2009, was considered to be one of the greatest migrations ever, with sightings from all over the British Isles.
This month, in 2019, large clouds of painted lady butterflies are being spotted across the UK and Ireland - and experts believe we are seeing a mass emergence that happens every 10 years.

Despite their delicate appearance, they can cover up to 100 miles each day as they migrate.
Painted ladies complete their life cycle in 5 to 8 weeks. So it can take up to six generations to make the annual migration, leaving Africa in April to head north and returning once cooler weather settles at this latitude.

Many thanks to those folk who responded to my previous post of the tulips. Your interest is appreciated.


Tags: Butterfly Lepidoptera Lavender Painted lady Vanessa cardui North africa Wildlife and nature Nymphalid cynthia The Cosmopolitan Thistle butterfly

Voters: AlfieK, newbe2, wsh and 59 more

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21 Aug 2019 9:17AM

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2019 9:21AM
Lovely image, excellent description.
21 Aug 2019 9:22AM
Beautiful Pamela,
Fine close capture GrinGrinGrinGrin
KarenFB Plus
14 5.5k 179 England
21 Aug 2019 10:25AM
They were a bit late to my area, but as you say, they are now here with abundance - they are so beautiful. You've caught and presented this one brilliantly! Smile
21 Aug 2019 10:35AM
Beautiful image
mac Plus
19 8 Scotland
21 Aug 2019 11:17AM
A excellent image of the well travelled butterfly.
Saastad Plus
1 16 7 Norway
21 Aug 2019 1:16PM
Beautifuly done!

21 Aug 2019 2:53PM
Super image

viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2019 4:46PM
Interesting information as well as a beautiful image Pamela.

franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2019 5:46PM
A beauty, Pamela.

bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
21 Aug 2019 8:04PM
Lavender is a perfect backdrop for the butterfly.
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
21 Aug 2019 8:22PM
Great image Pamela, great use of plane of focus !!
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
21 Aug 2019 9:07PM
Super info, a most interesting butterfly!
22 Aug 2019 9:15AM
Beautifully captured.
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2019 2:17PM
Wonderful colours here!
brian17302 8 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2019 5:52PM
Beautiful detailed image, Pamela
24 Aug 2019 5:29PM
A beauty Pam..Lin
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2019 10:09PM
a beautifully captured Butterfly on
the lavender Pamela
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2019 11:04AM
How very lovely Pam !! Excellent macro shot...
Isabel GrinGrin
25 Aug 2019 9:24PM
Beautiful photo!!!!Smile

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