Butterfly - Painted Lady
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Taken at Hogganfield Loch on 30th August 2016 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode

Taken near Kilspindie Golf Club near Aberlady on 2nd September 2018 using Nikon D200 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens. Fact File

Taken at Barns Ness on 26th August 2016 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode
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Butterfly - Painted Lady.
Scientific Name:
Vanessa cardui.
Laval Food:
Adult Food:



Thistles,Common Nettle, Mallows and Viper's-bugloss.
Thistles, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Bugle,Hawkweeds,
Heather,Ivy, Knapweeds, Ragwort and Red Clover
Male:     58 - 70 mm.
Female: 62 - 74 mm.
Anywhere Thistles grow.
Arrive here late March thro' to June.
They breed and create the next generation here.
They don't surrvive our winter and some attempt a return
migration in the Autumn.
In some years, the migration can be spectacular.
The most-recent spectacle, in 2009, is considered
to be one of the greatest migrations ever, with
sightings from all over the British Isles.
This butterfly is the only butterfly species ever to have
been recorded in Iceland.
They sometimes look the worse for wear with parts
of the wing missing due to feeding on Thistles and