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Butterflies Page 4
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.
Ref: 20131130_p10_20130927_1058_150 comma butterfly feeding on blackberry fruit(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20060914_d10_20060907_1543_108 comma butterfly feeding on late blackberry flower (detail of proboscis)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20060913_d10_20060907_1543_108 comma butterfly feeding on late blackberry flower (whole image)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
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.
Ref: 20150917_df3_20150717_1255_019 comma butterfly feeding on purple buddleia(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20151006_da1_20150802_1517_554+557_ft1 comma butterfly in 2 flights (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019
at 15:40 Image of day on 20 May 2019
Comma Butterflies used to be Autumn-only visitors here, but now we see them in
Spring as well. The upper and lower wings are completely different colours, the
white 'comma' only showing on the bottom of the wing (right hand image of 2
Ref: 20190520_da1_20190421_1540_279+276+20190422_1508_188_ft1 comma butterfly in 2 flights with laurel (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20100823_da1_20100710_1536_104+1537_113+1538_122_ft1 comma butterfly in flight (artistic montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20130912_da1_20130722_1352_316+1310_290_ft1 comma butterfly in flight showing underwing with thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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'.
Ref: 20101205_da1_20101010_1527_364+1545_446_ft1 comma butterfly in flight with blackberry fruits (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090808_da1_20090705_1452_124+1518_197 ft1 comma butterfly in flight with clover flowers (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 16 Sep 2010
at 15:05 Image of day on 05 Nov 2010
The mint bed outside the back door has been allowed to flower and
some of the butterflies like to feed on it now many other flowers
are turning to seed. First the crenelated Comma butterfly, named
for the white spot when the wings are closed.
Ref: 20101105_da1_20100916_1505_050+1556_153_ft1 comma butterfly in flight with mint flower-head (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010
at 15:40 Image of day on 05 Dec 2010
And now the top view with our resilient yellow buddleia still
making new flowers as you can see at the top of the floret.
Ref: 20101205_da1_20101010_1540_433+1611_009_ft1 comma butterfly in flight with yellow buddleia (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 21 Sep 2006
at 15:33 Image of day on 03 Oct 2006
Fallen apples provide a supply of sweet juice to fuel the
butterflies. This is a comma butterfly showing the upper wing
and scalloped wing edges.
Ref: 20061003_d10_20060921_1533_050 comma butterfly on apple (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 10 Oct 2012
at 16:39 Image of day on 13 Nov 2012
The foxes are picking up all the small crop of windfall apples
long before they become soft enough for the Comma Butterflies to
drink from. So we are only seeing them in hedges this atypical year.
Ref: 20121113_df1_20121010_1639_285 comma butterfly on autumn leaf (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 01 Oct 2008
at 12:31 Image of day on 18 Oct 2008
In a sheltered little bramble thicket a number of Comma butterflies were
Ref: 20081018_p34_20081001_1231_134 comma butterfly on blackberries (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image of day on 01 Sep 2005
The comma butterfly is named after a small white marking on the
underwing (see tomorrow) but is most easily recognised by its
scalloped wing edge (image from 2004).
Ref: 20050901_c740_049240011 comma butterfly on blackberries 2004sep24_12-57-06(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image of day on 20 Sep 2005
Blackberry picking enhanced is by sighting of various autumn
butterflies of which this comma is one. Trouble is the fingers
are so sticky you can't use the camera!
Ref: 20050920_c740_049240013 comma butterfly on blackberries 2004sep24_12-57-54(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image of day on 02 Sep 2005
The comma butterfly (see yestday) showing the white mark
on the underwing after which it is named (image from 2004).
Ref: 20050902_c740_049240017 comma butterfly on blackberries 2004sep24_13-00-12(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Oct 2010
at 11:04 Image of day on 05 Dec 2010
In early October food and sunshine still bring a few butterflies out
to feed - here a Comma butterfly on ripe blackberries where it can
suck up the sugary juice.
The bit of spider web between head and left wing suggest a
recent unpleasant encounter with a spider's web.
Ref: 20101205_df1_20101007_1104_344 comma butterfly on blackberry fruits (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Sep 2007
at 12:41 Image of day on 29 Oct 2007
Another source of energy for butterflies is damaged fruit berries.
Normally spotted on apple windfalls (very few this year) this Comma
butterfly is finding the fruit-juice welcome.
Ref: 20071029_d01_20070930_1241_009 comma butterfly on blackberry fruits (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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