Text and photos Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
Estonian text published 01.09.2017
That birds migrate even people very little aware of nature know. But that butterflies also may catch an irresistible wandering urge is certainly news for many of us. The more so since it is not a very common phenomenon in the insect world either.
The admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is one of two migrating butterfly species in
There is an important difference between bird and butterfly migration: while with birds the same individual flies back and forth this is not the case with butterflies. Six generations per year of admirals and painted ladies grow each year, only one of which develops in
Having arrived despite all hazards to spend the summer here, the butterflies set about laying eggs. After that the caterpillars start eating – the caterpillars of the admiral feed on the common nettle and those of the painted lady on thistles. Imagos that have developed here can be seen from the second half of July until September. After that the butterflies set out on their way to