|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.
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