Not an invasion actually, more of a fly-by. For the past two days, we have seen literally thousands of Painted Lady butterflies going past our house in Glossa. We calculated that there were on average one a second, sometimes in groups of four or five, sometimes fluttering along alone. So if there are 60 every minute, and they’ve been going past all morning for a couple of days that makes …. lots. Millions!
And it’s not just our part of the island, Roger saw them all around the roads driving to Skopelos town this morning, our friends in Palio Klima and other places have seen them too, so they must be covering the whole of Skopelos island. A quick Google informs us that they are famous for major annual migrations, with multi-generational trips in which whole populations move in a wave from Africa to Europe and back each year. The ones we saw were all heading towards the north-west, so they’re safely on course.
Here’s a picture of one that was kind enough to stop on our lavender and pose for a while before continuing its journey.