Migrant butterflies on the Lizard, Cornwall
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The largest number of Painted Lady butterflies possibly recorded in the British Isles this year was our reward for a trip to Poldhu Cove on the Lizard at the weekend. Of the total of 13 seen during the day 8 … Read More

First migrant butterfly of the year
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This Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui, is our first migrant butterfly of the year and was seen warming itself up on a sheltered patch of dried grass at Rosemullion Head, near Falmouth. Butterflies have been very scarce so far this … Read More

Painted Lady butterfly migration to the British Isles
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The first small wave of Painted Lady butterflies we have seen this year arriving in off the sea from the continent greeted us on the cliffs at Poldhu Cove on the Lizard on Bank Holiday Monday. Most were showing wear … Read More

Migrant butterflies: Painted Lady in Falmouth garden
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Numbers of migrant butterflies appear to be generally low for this time of year in Cornwall. This Painted Lady came to our garden last week and was in pretty good condition.

Migrant Painted Lady
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There haven’t been any big influxes of migrant Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies into the south west of Cornwall so far this year. Since April there have been odd ones scattered about and this worn specimen was seen at Windmill … Read More

Painted Lady caterpillars
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These are considered British caterpillars despite the adult butterfly being a migrant that cannot survive UK winters. The small numbers of Painted Lady butterflies seen earlier this year will have laid eggs and the hatched caterpillars should now be large … Read More

Migrant butterflies in Cornwall
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The recent fine weather systems pulling warm air up from the continent seem to have brought migrant butterflies into Cornwall. We’ve seen several Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) (above left) and a few Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) (above right) in most … Read More

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Caterpillar
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Common name: Painted Lady Latin name: Vanessa cardui Family: Nymphalids (Nymphalidae >> Nymphalinae) Type: Butterfly larva or caterpillar

Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)
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Common name: Painted Lady Latin name: Vanessa cardui Family: Nymphalidae >> Nymphalinae Location: garden, Marsland valley, Cornwall Gallery link: British Butterflies Related images: