Painted Lady  by jesika2

Painted Lady

Not one of the long distance travellers but an offspring. 2019 is, in some areas, a massive irruption year. Here in Fulford, York, 8 is the most I've seen. In 1996 York was Painted Lady heaven, we couldn't move easily for fear of hurting them, their numbers were so great.
There is still time and lots of hope...
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Great capture
August 3rd, 2019  
Very nice indeed! x
August 3rd, 2019  
Love the pov you were able to capture him with. Great focusing.
August 4th, 2019  
beautiful detail :)
August 4th, 2019  
Perfect shot! Nice to see the butterfly in it's whole beauty with spread wings.
August 4th, 2019  
What a beauty and you have photographed it so well.Fav. I must have seen dozens in each sighting in my garden. Interesting that the long distance travel part of the story that's told about them is not the individual butterfly's story because the round trip takes place over several generations. What's likely to be the story of one individual like this?
August 4th, 2019  
@lostphojo This one is home grown although it is thought that some individuals DO make the entire Africa to Europe trip. Such a butterfly would be dreadfully bruised and battered. They don't "fly" all the way, they've been recorded catching appropriate winds and letting the wind do the hard work high in the sky. It was thought they simply died when they reached Britain (some go further, even to Iceland) but in 2009 a startling revelation. Radar, Uni research, weather researchers...all cooperated to verify that belief. One day my hubby saw a huge cloud of butterflies (powerful binoculars) flying south. Radar detected similar events. Now it is known they come to Britain and then go back in autumn. Astonishing. It's a longer journey than the famous Monarchs' without the winter stop over in Mexico .
thanks for your interest
j
August 4th, 2019  
@jesika2 Really interesting... Amazing that they can do all that. I really appreciate that you have taken the trouble to respond so thoroughly. Thank you so much.
August 4th, 2019  
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