Impossible to guestimate the number of Painted Ladies that came through today; I managed to count 101 in an hour on Ainsdale beach at the start of my shift in the early afternoon (1-2pm), all worn critters struggling low over the sand from a south westerly direction.
As the day went on, it became obvious that they were everywhere - huge numbers moving through in a broad band.
By 5pm, I was counting 200 an hour from a static position south of Southport Pier - God knows how many were moving along the coast, thousands possibly.
Loads of dead individuals on the coastal pavements (like the ones above - I could have picked up more).
I'll send the corpses to Dr Frankencynthia for DNA analysis, then he/she/it can rebuild them cyberstylee and send back thro' time to warn the insects in North Africa not to embark on such a remarkable influx again (the endgame for most of them being the terminal full stop of a car windscreen).
Hmm, maybe I'm watching too much late night sci-fi.
Is this the biggest insect influx in recent years?
With fair weather for the next few days, will it continue?
Keep counting 'em, 'n let me know what you get.
Eyes to the ladies everyone, eyes to the ladies...