Saturday, 18 August 2012

Painted Lady heaven


Painted Lady, Cynthia (Vanessa) cardui
Today at Seaford I worked with Sussex Search and Rescue who were assisting with the marshalling of the Seaford Triathlon I saw a Painted Lady briefly nectar on the wild flowers bordering part of the green where the Triathlon started. Later I walked to Hope Gap and photographed two more Painted Ladies in one flower meadow on the cliffs. A Small Tortoiseshell was in the same meadow. I also saw plenty of Common Blues, a Brown Argus, Gatekeepers, Small Heaths, a Peacock, 2 Walls and Meadow Browns.

Classification note: In most worldwide publications the Painted Lady is placed in the genus Vanessa, hence the scientific name Vanessa carduihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_Lady
Recently the British Museum of Natural History has given it the name Cynthia cardui which is now being used by some organisations. Very confusing!
male Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Seaford seafront where the triathlon started
marshalling the triathlon
Common Blue, male, Polyommatus icarus
Common Blue, male, Polyommatus icarus
Common Blue, female, Polyommatus icarus
Seaford from cliffs
Hope Gap
Hope Gap
Hope Gap
id needed
id needed
Painted Lady, Cynthia cardui
Painted Lady, Cynthia cardui












Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae

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