Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This was the first painted lady butterfly that I've seen here in the North East this year. I saw one last year but didn't manage to get a photo - this one was more obliging.
It was nectaring mainly on knapweed and thistles, on the hill to the north of Blanchland in Northumberland.
It's a long time now since we've had a full-scale painted lady invasion here. I think the last one was in 2009, when they arrived in late spring and produced a second generation, so that by early September there were hundreds of them - so many that it was reported in the national press.