The Painted Ladies are coming!

Just found out that our gardens are likely to be invaded by not millions but billions of butterflies in the next couple of days!

The pretty amazing
Painted Lady butterfly migrates to the UK every year from North Africa. It lays its eggs here and then about this time of year they hatch, before flying back to Africa to overwinter.

This year, because of the perfect conditions in Morocco, where they originate, a great than usual number arrived in May.

Now the next generation are about to hatch in their billions from their cocoons and add some more wonderful colour to our gardens.
Find out more about them on the Butterfly Conservation website.

I'm starting to feel a bit guilty about squishing cabbage white eggs and catapillars on my brassicas....

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