Where Painted Ladies Gather

Towards lunchtime, as I stepped out of the door, I was honoured to be greeted by a crowd of Painted Ladies; I just can’t help drawing them to me! Now don’t get me wrong, these aren’t the painted ladies to be observed later in the evening, this species (Cynthia cardui) are attracted to the Buddleia in the garden where they are joined by soviet naval personnel … Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta), Small Tortoiseshells and even the Mother Shipton (Callistege mi) moth.

 

Mother Shipton is a most welcome addition, as the legendary prophetess (after whom it is named) resided just down the road from us in Knaresborough. Much more common, at present, than the Mother S. is the Silver-Y Moth (Autograph gamma) whose incessant wing vibration, even when feeding is a sight to behold!

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One Response to Where Painted Ladies Gather

  1. Bittersweet on-the-hill. says:

    Malcolm….
    What lovely images!  I\’m smiling with the thoughts.  I received your email and will respond later today. As always, I thank you.  Bittersweet on the hill.

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