Painted Lady influx!!!

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby James M » Thu May 28, 2009 11:15 am

Haven't seen any up here yet but can't be long now, how far north have they spread so far?

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby IAC » Thu May 28, 2009 12:01 pm

Hi all,
James asks how far north the Painted Lady are now....I can tell you James that the scout parties have made it to Scotland at least. Here in the south eastern corner of Scotland yesterday I flushed 2 from long grass, no doubt resting before setting of again. One of them stopped of briefly for a good old drink of fresh Bull poo before bolting at high speed into a hedgerow. Those guys are so crazy. :lol:
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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby johnrowell » Thu May 28, 2009 2:33 pm

Dear All
I have just returned from the Tarn area of France, just north of Albi and the Painted Lady was everywhere. On 16th May the migration northward really took off and I counted over 6,000 an hour coming from the south and squeezing between a 50ft gap in a line of trees. They were flying at between 1 and 3 ft above the ground and mixed in with them, but in much smaller numbers were Clouded Yellow. On the 500mile drive back to Caen they were everywhere.
Having returned home at the weekend I confirm that at the Whippingham Fields Transect on the Isle of Wight, there are currently hundreds of Painted Lady and they are still migrating northward. The main nectar source at the moment in the fields is clover.
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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Lynn » Thu May 28, 2009 3:27 pm

At 4.15pm Thursday 28th Painted Ladies on the move at Ropley Hampshire. I counted 130 in five minutes in a 20m strip crossing my field. Flying North very strongly very fast. None appeared to settle.
Having watched them both Saturday & Sunday again in great concentrations I must say I find the whole experience totally magical. I do remember 1996 but I did not see them flying in these numbers.

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Gruditch » Thu May 28, 2009 4:04 pm

I counted 831 in total today, 110 of them were on my transect walk. In some hot spots, there were an average of 20 a minute passing by, absolutely fantastic.
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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby jellyang » Thu May 28, 2009 5:52 pm

I have just spotted my first Painted Lady of the year here in Norfolk. They may well have been here for a while but it was my first outing after 2 weeks post op bed rest!

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby thepostieles » Thu May 28, 2009 5:56 pm

seen my first two while on post this morning :D

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Jack Harrison » Thu May 28, 2009 6:23 pm

A drive from Norwich to my place in South Cambridgeshire produced literally hundreds of sightings between approx 1645 hrs and 1815 on 28th May. They were seen as singles, groups of threes and fours, all crossing left to right (ie, approx NW).

The phenomenon would have been difficult to miss by the most disinterested Joe Public.

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby jellyang » Thu May 28, 2009 6:34 pm

I live just North of Norwich so am sorry I missed that influx :( I probably spotted the one that got lost!
It was very sunny & warm here between 5 & 6 pm .


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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Shirley Roulston » Thu May 28, 2009 6:38 pm

Actually spotted one by Caernarfon Castle and quite a few Small White, I had the 500mm lens and it wouldn't have any of it me trying to focus in on one little b'fly.
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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Trev Sawyer » Thu May 28, 2009 7:40 pm

Now the sun is out again, the visible influx across the Cambridge area has continued... I saw large numbers again on my way home late this afternoon. The weather forecast tonight showed wind coming from South or South East for at least the next 5 days, so this will surely aid the migrating butterflies even more. I wonder what the best ever year on record for Painted Ladies was in the UK and whether this season is shaping up to top even that? If they are here this early and can breed well during the warmer months, it is totally brain-frazzling to think just how big the population could get :shock: :shock: :shock:
Does anything predate on them?

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Susie » Thu May 28, 2009 7:54 pm

Squillions in Worthing, W. Sussex, today too.

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby eccles » Thu May 28, 2009 8:00 pm

Is a squillion more than a Brazillian?

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Jack Harrison » Thu May 28, 2009 8:14 pm

I can just visualize the literature in 2100s referring to "amazing Painted Lady" immigration in the early years of the twenty-first century.

"We will never experience anything like that again."

We are witnessing history in the making. We can all say “we were there”

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Matsukaze » Thu May 28, 2009 8:31 pm

As regards the "giant butterflies" mentioned in the Times - it is all a matter of perception I suppose. Certainly, they must have seemed that way to the Common Blues at Sand Point earlier this week when they encroached on their territory. Perhaps the Times employs extremely small journalists?

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby James M » Thu May 28, 2009 9:10 pm

Ah reached Scotland already! hopefully they can make it a good deal further inland, it would be great to see them. I remember thinking there were alot in 2006 and that wasn't even an influx year.

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu May 28, 2009 10:36 pm

jackharr wrote:I can just visualize the literature in 2100s referring to "amazing Painted Lady" immigration in the early years of the twenty-first century.

"We will never experience anything like that again."

We are witnessing history in the making. We can all say “we were there”

Jack


Well said Jack and I couldn't agree more. Even the experts are saying the numbers of significantly greater than the last great invasion of 1996. I was planning on going out to see Wood White tomorrow - but have decided to focus on the Painted Lady migration instead - I've waited years for something like this and am determined to make the most of it!

Cheers,

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby xmilehigh » Thu May 28, 2009 10:38 pm

So,

There are an awful lot of PL's all heading North (ish) does anyone know where they are all going :?: and why :?:
or is it lemming syndrome :shock: i.e North to oblivion :? .

Any guesses as to the total numbers :?:

The ones have have observed seem determined and are moving along at a fair old clip so to speak. Interesting to see none the less.
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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby walpolec » Thu May 28, 2009 10:39 pm

As a witness of a (now I see a modest) collection of Painted Ladies on Tuesday (see p3 of this thread), I'm really interested to know if anyone has caught the migration on video..

So - has anyone caught the 100's or 1000's of the beasts flying over their back yard on "film" yet?

Here's hoping

Chris

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Re: Painted Lady influx!!!

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu May 28, 2009 10:42 pm

xmilehigh wrote:Does anyone know where they are all going :?: and why :?:


One theory is that they're aware of the density of their own population and will keep moving until they thin out.

xmilehigh wrote:Any guesses as to the total numbers :?:


Definitely in the millions.

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- Pete


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