In Britain the painted lady does not survive our winters, so the ones we see are either visitors from the continent or their offspring. Most years a small number of painted ladies migrate across the channel, but every so often the weather conditions favour a large influx. 2019 was just such a year, painted ladies were everywhere. I photographed this specimen just a hundred meters or so from our home on a buddleia bush. I don't recall seeing a single painted lady in 2020.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
by Bob Chappell December. 06, 2020 282 views
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