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Painted Lady
Comments(3) # Painted Lady london e17

The first of a couple of immigrant butterflies that I'm going to show you is the Painted Lady. The winters here are (at the moment) too cold and damp for any stages of this butterfly to survive. But every year they arrive from southern France and Spain in late spring and early summer. These early arrivals breed and lay eggs that give us a second, native born, population towards the end of the summer but sadly their offspring do not survive. Or so the books say...give it a year or two. I followed this one for a good ten minutes or so but he refused to perch on anything more artistic than the dirty ground "It is warmer 'ere sur la terre, monsieur" he said, in Franglais parfait. Canon EOS 5D
210 mm
400 ISO
1/400 sec
f 11
Flash: Not Fired