Several types of butterflies visit the garden. The painted lady is found around the world, also called the thistle or cosmopolitan butterfly.
This medium sized butterfly has similar colours to the monarch butterfly but definitely not the same patterns.
This one was photographed on the chive flowers towards the end of May. They do prefer to eat thistle flowers which aren’t in bloom yet.
During migration these butterflies can cover up to 160 km. They do not overwinter in cold regions.
It was great to capture this painted lady via my camera lens. We do see them flitting through the garden during most of the season.
Other butterflies in the garden: