Thursday 16 September 2021

A Painted Lady!

 I've been seeing a fair few painted ladies flying around lately without ever seeing one settle; later summer migrants to the UK, you can recognise them flying around at this time of year from their paler orange colour than that displayed by the other similar-at-a-distance two species on the wing in September, the small tortoiseshell and the comma. 

I found two on the buddleia at the entrance to Millgate Island, just after an irate and angler had told me I wasn't allowed to go onto the island as "It is only for fishing now and I own it."

Well, I didn't know that.

One of the butterflies was up on the higher flowers in the , but the other was lower down, and rather less energetic so I could get a few photos, which I hope you will agree came out rather well!


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 16.09.21


  1. Good spot. I've only seen one this year.

  2. Those are terrific photos! Well done!

  3. I saw a few earlier in the year but haven't noticed any for quite a while now. The photographs certainly did come out well.

  4. There were a few on the wing in late August and early September. Beautiful species, and fascinating underwings