Saturday, 17 September 2016

Late Painted Lady

A run of sunny days has brought out the butterflies, including this rare painted lady. We found it along the track just to the east of Mingary, in exactly the same place as we saw one in late August - or is it the same one?

The butterfly was intent on spreading its wings to soak up the sunshine, which is frustrating as....'s not until it closes its wings that one can see the superbly patterned underside which gives it its name.

In the normal way, painted ladies are refugees from North Africa which have migrated north, but this picture was sent in by Kilchoan resident Sue Cameron whose grand-daughters raised several from caterpillars before releasing them. Sadly, whether they're North African refugees or local Scots-bred, they don't survive a winter.

Many thanks to Sue for the picture.

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