It has been a gloriously sunny day today so I have spent a lot of time in the garden. Even mother-in-law, who generally complains of the short walk from her room to the dining room, was persuaded to join us for lunch al fresco.
We noticed that we had a few uninvited but most welcome guests; at first just two Painted Ladies who were joined by a few more. At the last count there were fifteen.
I had heard that there are lots of painted lady butterflies in England this year but it was a lovely surprise to see so many in my garden.
If you spot Painted Ladies in your area, you can help Butterfly Conservation to map their migration by recording your sightings here.