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Image Taken on 21 May 2020 at 17:47    Image of day on 19 Jun 2020

This Brown Argus Butterfly is a good deal smaller than the even the Small Tortoiseshell. We tend to see one every 2 or three years. Here we catch two views perched on a weed showing the upper and lower surfaces of the wings.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2018 at 10:07    Image of day on 27 Oct 2018

In a field margin we found this female Brown Argus Butterfly feeding on one of the few still flowering Thistle plants. This pic showing both sides of the wings.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2018 at 10:08    Image of day on 27 Oct 2018

Here we see the same female Brown Argus Butterfly with her wings fully open.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2009 at 11:07    Image of day on 01 Oct 2009

We have confirmation (based on static images not included here) that this is a quite scarce 'blue' butterfly called the Brown Argus where .. err .. neither sex is blue! But it is beautiful.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2020 at 12:51    Image of day on 08 Nov 2020

A male Brown Argus Butterfly basks in the sunshine.

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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2014 at 14:17    Image of day on 24 Oct 2014

The male Brown Argus is a small Butterfly here enjoying some nectar from a clover flower.

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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2014 at 14:18    Image of day on 24 Oct 2014

Another view of the same Brown Argus butterfly, this time with his wings more open and you can see his blacked curved proboscis searching out the sweetness.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2020 at 11:18    Image of day on 06 Sep 2020

This is a male Brown Argus butterfly.
The Brown Argus is classified as 'Blue' butterfly, and its underwing (not shown here) is quite similar to Common Blue. We initially mis-identified this individual as a female Common Blue but a friend corrected our ID. We are starting to see more blues here than in past years.

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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 02 Aug 2020 at 10:21    Image of day on 11 Sep 2020

Our first ever sighting of a Clouded Yellow butterfly, along the sun facing side of the south hedge. This is the male.
This insect has a vivid orange appearance in flight, but closes the wings immediately on landing so you don't get to see the upper surface. The insert is a slightly blurred moment in flight where we can momentarily see the top of the wings with the even richer yellow.

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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 22 Jun 2020 at 17:38    Image of day on 26 Jul 2020

A Comma butterfly warming itself in the evening sun, before it became so hot they would seek shade instead.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2020 at 17:40    Image of day on 22 Jul 2020

Comma Butterflies (named for the white 'comma' underneath the wing you can't see here) overwinter as adults and then have 2 broods each year - the second brood overwintering to start the sequence again next year. This is a pristine insect from the first of this years new broods.

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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 03 Sep 2019 at 10:00    Image of day on 26 Oct 2019

The next generation of Comma Butterflies has emerged, and will be making the most of nectar, juice from rotting fruit, and the like, ready to survive the coming winter.

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