Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Painted Lady Returns (Maybe)


The first I have seen of the species this year (which is 100% more than last year already). I also had to travel well out of the local area to find it. So I was fortunate to get some shots of this beauty.

I am inclined to think that its a female above. Its a migrating species arriving from North Africa in May and June and I did read an interesting fact that its the only species that has been recorded as being observed in Iceland. (must have flown First Class on British Airways.) {:))

I have read of some sightings this year, but don't know how many we will see altogether. 



A brood created in country by the migrators will appear in August. This will be the time when, if many have made it here in the first place) that we shall see brilliant fresh new Painted Ladies.






24 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your butterfly pics. Can't believe they fly all the way from Africa, incredible creatures aren't they?

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    1. Thanks CT, yes they certainly are amazing.

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  2. Cracking set of images Roy, especially the first two. Are there two butterflies here?

    I've not seen any so far this year (only saw one last year!) Lets hope they arrive in good numbers and, with luck, have a good breeding year!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes there are two here I think as I observed one which after being photographed flew down the track out of sight and shortly after one returned. My Wife observed several together down the track.

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  3. She's a beaut!! You were able to shoot some lovely pics. How nice to have such a willing subject!

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  4. wat een heerlijke gevleugelde serie met prachtige macro,s.

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  5. Superb pics of this long distance migrant.

    I met a lady this a.m. who said she had seen 20+ in her garden so maybe we are in for another invasion Roy.

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  6. Hi Roy I always look forward to seeing your butterfly photos and you certainly have not disappointed in today's post. Wonderful shots. Margaret

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  7. Absolutely stunning and well done Roy, these are great shots :-) I only recorded one of these last year and I personally think we are well overdue another invasion of these beauties :-)

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  8. Beautiful photos Roy, I do think they are attractive butterflies. I didn't see one last year either and have yet to see one this. It was great when there was such an influx of them a few years ago, I suppose that's too much to hope for this time but you never know :-)

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  9. Hey Roy... Wonderful close-up photos especially of the hairs standing up on the back of the neck..that's what happened to me when the snap of lightened hit very close by the other day! Yikes!!
    How many butterflies has it been so far now, your hat must be getting pretty roomy isn't it??
    It is a lovely color, but if I was going to be a painted lady I would rather be a different color, I don't look good in orange!! ; )!!
    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, there are still more butterflies to shoot yet. Orange, what a but Black.

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  10. Lovely shots of your Painted Lady Roy:) I hope we will see more of them and also the Red Admiral.

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    1. Thanks Lyn. Yes, hopefully more Red Admiral as well.

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  11. It's good that you are seeing bugs, I'm having a rather lackluster butterfly year.

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    1. It makes a change from last year Steve.

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  12. Gosh Roy, you leave here again some wonderful macros see! This thistle butterfly we see here with us not much more unfortunately. Truly stunning close-ups!

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