Painted Lady Butterflies

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There have been many reports of Painted Lady butterflies being seen in quite large numbers around Edinburgh and elsewhere.  This photo was taken at Dirleton Castle on 30th July and shows the butterfly on a Scottish thistle.

For anyone who wants to know more about their amazing migration from Morocco, Martha Kiernay’s film, The Great Butterfly Adventure: Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady, which was shown on BBC4 on Monday 15 July is still available on iPlayer. It provides many answers, including an explanation of why they do this huge journey.

Anna Buxton

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