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Postby JohnN » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:45 pm

Our grand-daughter has just emailed us from a catarmaran she is helping to crew from the Canaries to Mexico, to say they are crossing the Tropic of Cancer and are watching whales, dolphins and ... a butterfly! They are 800 miles out in the Atlantic, so just how far can a butterfly fly (Oh, alright.. "if a butterfly can flutter by" :D ) or might it have stowed away in La Palma?
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Postby oldherbaceous » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:57 pm

Not sure about the Butterfly distance, but what a adventure your Grand-daughter is on, you must be rather proud.
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Postby Nature's Babe » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:46 pm

Sounds fun John. Not quite as exotic, but december and today a large bumble bee in my consevatory partaking of some cyclamen flowers !
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Re: Flutterby?

Postby Monika » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:37 pm

JohnN, it was probably a Painted Lady or Monarch. Both species cover thousands of miles in their migration.

When one of our sons was posted to Ascension Island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, he saw Painted Ladies which do occur in this country (most of them having migrated from North Africa or southern Europe). And Monarchs from the Americas occasionally arrive in Britain, particularly on the west coast.
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