There are painted lady butterflies everywhere in Edinburgh at the moment, every street seems to have a painted lady fluttering along, even when there seem to be no flowers around at all.
The Painted Lady is a long-distance migrant, giving rise to the most
spectacular butterfly migrations observed in this country. Every year, it travels from the desert fringes of North
Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonising continental Europe
and reaching the British Isles. Sometimes, like this year, there are loads of them. I took these photos furing an early lunch in Inverleith Park, I tried to get different views of them to show their beautiful patterns
Big Butterfly Count - if you've seen any butterflies recently you can enter your records here.
here. Like painted ladies, swifts are long distance migrants to this country and they are declining in numbers and this RSPB survey wants to try to help understand what is causing this. So if you see any swifts please consider filling in this survey!