The last couple of weeks has witnessed a huge invasion of Painted Lady's. Even in the Truro city parks, they can be found in substantial numbers. On Hendra Hill, there was 25 feeding on the Red Valerian. The last major influx was in 1996 when millions entered the UK on a broad front from the Mediterranean and North Africa. These continental butterflies will breed in the UK and produce the first British brood which emerges in July or August. A second and even third brood is attempted. The progeny will join the survivors of the first brood and attempt to emigrate.
Of all the Painted Lady's I have seen, I found them to be very worn and tired looking, as shown in the images above.
EXIF Detail. Aperture priority. F/10. ISO 100. Shutter 1/80s. Exposure -0.7EV. Tripod mounted.