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Butterflies Page 3

Image Taken on 25 Jun 2006 at 12:50    Image of day on 04 Jul 2006

A brown Butterfly sits in a dazzling sea of Oxeye daisies.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2006 at 10:32    Image of day on 12 Jul 2006

Parts of the hedges are full of blackberry heads. Hundreds of various brown butterflies flutter over and land to take nectar from the flowers as this one is.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2016 at 15:38    Image of day on 26 Sep 2016

We seem to have a larger variety and number of 'white' butterflies this year than normal. Watching little groups spiralling around looking for a mate has been a delight this year. The biggest insect at the lower left is a female Brimstone Butterfly.

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Image of day on 21 Sep 2005

This Red Admiral butterfly is on a Yellow Buddleia that goes on flowering until the first frosts and provides a lovely show of autumn butterflies.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2006 at 12:16    Image of day on 02 Sep 2006

Have only seen a few Speckled Wood Butterflies over the years, this one allowing this one shot before it flew off into invisibility.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2015 at 13:52    Image of day on 25 Nov 2015

On a cold mid-day these two Comma butterflies were almost torpid on this blackberry clump. The insect on the left is facing us, and the one on the right is showing the wings lit from the underside.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2015 at 13:53    Image of day on 25 Nov 2015

On a cold mid-day these two Comma butterflies were almost torpid on this blackberry clump. This is the insect with it's wings closed, and even though apparently torpid, the proboscis was in the fruit looking for juice.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2016 at 15:57    Image of day on 20 Aug 2016

The Comma Butterfly overwinters as an adult and emerges to mate in the Spring. After a period with no sightings, this is the first of the newly emerged batch glowing in the afternoon sun.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:04    Image of day on 17 Jul 2006

A newly emerged Comma Butterfly (named after that white mark) sucks nectar from a blackberry flower. This is the underwing that looks like wood. The top of the wings are orange.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:10    Image of day on 26 Sep 2006

A comma butterfly sips from a blackberry fruit.

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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2013 at 15:37    Image of day on 12 Sep 2013

A Comma butterfly enjoying nectar from a blackberry flower. The characteristic white 'comma' marking are on the underside of the wing and are not visible on the perched insect with wings 'open'.

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2013 at 10:58    Image of day on 30 Nov 2013

This Comma butterfly, with proboscis down in the juice of a nearly hidden berry, is surprisingly well camouflaged - we only spotted it by chance when it flicked it's wings at a fly passing by.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2006 at 15:43    Image of day on 14 Sep 2006

As a detail from yesterdays image, you can see that the proboscis is a figure-of-8 cross section that keeps it from getting tangled up.

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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2006 at 15:43    Image of day on 13 Sep 2006

For a few hours on one day (7 Sep) one section of hedge was decorated with comma butterflies on blackberry fruits and some late flowers. Tomorrow the detail of the proboscis.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2015 at 12:55    Image of day on 17 Sep 2015

Here is a Comma Butterfly enjoying a feed on the a Buddleia flower spike. You can see both sides of the wing - on the left the underside with the white 'comma', and on the right the brighter top side.
If you want to buy a Buddleia our experience is that then paler the colour the more attractive to the insects when they have a choice - white being our best, but latest to flower.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 15:17    Image of day on 06 Oct 2015

Here are images from 2 flights of a Comma Butterfly merged into an almost believable pair.
We take 3 frames in quick succession in this setup in the hope of at least one having something in it. Sometimes we get 2 successive frames we know are only about 200mS part and even we find it hard to believe the maneuverability.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:36    Image of day on 23 Aug 2010

Unable to choose between the various images we took of this individual, here is a montage as they actually appeared in their frames over about 2 minutes. An unusually obliging flyer.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 13:52    Image of day on 12 Sep 2013

Taken indoors in flight, this shows the undersides of the Comma Butterfly's wings, including the white 'comma' on both sides of the insect at once.

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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:27    Image of day on 05 Dec 2010

3 days later we netted this surprisingly spruce Comma butterfly and brought it in for some images in flight. First showing the bottom of the wings with the white 'comma'.

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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 08 Aug 2009

The Comma butterfly used to be a Spring and Autumn only sighting here but this year we are seeing them regularly. The 'comma' is the white shape on the brown underwing.

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