Things are hotting up for butterflies around Summerfields Woods in Hastings during this warm spell. Meadow Browns and Large Skippers are coming out in force.
And today was the first day this year that I’ve seen that famously marathon-flying migrant, the Painted Lady. There were a few of them there today, enjoying the blackberry flowers on the edge of the woods, near the ambulance station.
The area must be no more be no more than about 200 metres from the seafront as the crow (or butterfly) flies.
So my guess is that these specimens had just arrived from their ultra-long journey from the continent, perhaps even North Africa.
This was probably their first stopping point, replenishing their energy on that bramble nectar.
Watching these elegant and exotic visitors, knowing they were nourishing themselves at the end of such a mammoth trek, was quite a privilege.