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Hello Everyone,

A few days ago, I posted a photograph and made a reference to Painted Ladies, flitting across the flowers and refusing to come close enough to be photographed.

You can imagine!
This caused amusement, at the thought of ladies, with painted faces, delicately tripping through the wild flowers!

I thought I would explain today and show what a Painted Lady looks like! Well, I thought I would show you but, this isn't a Painted Lady, it is a Small Tortoiseshell. Very similar but the blue tips are the giveaway!

Of course, a Painted Lady is a butterfly, as is the Small Tortoiseshell.
This was taken in my garden, where the butterflies congregate to feed on the sedum plants.

I belong to a group where members record all butterflies that they see. This is a survey to gain evidence of how well or how poorly the butterfly population is faring in the U.K.

This year, there is supposed to be a huge influx of Painted Ladies, something which happens every 10 years.
I have seen butterflies earlier, this year, than any other in recent years.

Of course, I'm sure that I don't see anything like the number or range of butterflies seen by Luciano and Silvio but it would be good to find that the butterflies are making a recovery after their steep decline!

Thank you Luciano for spotting my ... not deliberate, mistake!

I will add a second photograph in my workshop.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7720 W: 335 N: 17810] (70427)
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