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Comments(5) # Painted Lady london e17

....yet something else that flew in, definitely flew in! Painted Lady butterflies do not overwinter in the UK, our winters are too cold and wet (particularly the last one I expect). However, each May and June sees them arriving from North Africa, some apparently getting as far as Scandinavia. Whilst passing through they breed and leave eggs which hatch to form a second population in late summer and autumn but the offspring of this second generation do not survive. Some years there are just a few and some years their number's are legion. This year would appear to be in the latter category, I don't remember ever seeing as many as I did all around the borough last week since I've lived in this corner of London (which is rather frighteningly 22 years). Not just here either, Flighty observed them a few miles North and West from here and they'd even made the news on something called the BBC and in the Grauniad. Other news outlets probably also exist. Canon EOS-1D Mark III
150 mm
400 ISO
1/400 sec
f 5.6
Flash: Not Fired