Reply to Morning Glory and Tony Williams: Painted ladies certainly favour thistles, but like most butterflies they will visit what ever is available at the time and in the place they find themselves. October 28th is a late date, but these are powerful and long-flying butterflies which easily cross hundreds of miles if the weather and following winds are with them. The warm halloween weather may yet bring more of them.
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28 Nov 2011 18:29
A few years ago I had a crop of teasels in the garden, the flowers were covered with Painted Lady butterflies. Do they prefer teasels to other plants? I had never seen a painted lady before this.