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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2013 at 13:29    Image of day on 18 Oct 2013

If we hadn't seen this male Brimstone butterfly land on the water lily flower, we doubt that we would have spotted him.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2019 at 15:57    Image of day on 20 Sep 2019

This moment caught the Brimstone Butterfly's proboscis fully exposed and glinting in the sun in all the colours of the rainbow, a sure sign of iridescence in this bit of anatomy where we have never observed it before. The light and viewing angle to make this visible is very critical - frames only 140mS before and after show only a hint of this effect.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2017 at 13:10    Image of day on 13 Jul 2017

A male Brimstone Butterfly stops on a Forget-me-not flower for a feed. The Proboscis is beginning to unwind and looks very like the 'hair spring' in a 'clockwork' watch - the only sort of watch there was for the first 30 years of our existence.

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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2021 at 15:39    Image of day on 14 Sep 2021

As the camera fires on this male Brimstone Butterfly he lifts off from the spike of Purple Loosestrife in the pond edge for this accurate montage.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2020 at 12:29    Image of day on 26 Aug 2020

One or more Brimstone Butterflies are visiting the Crocosmia flowers. The deep trumpet may make the nectar accessible only to these bigger Butterflies - we have never seen small butterflies on these flowers.

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Image of day on 30 Jul 2005

A Brimstone butterfly feeding on a teasel flower with hover-fly capriciously also in shot. Tomorrow an example of the actual same insect camouflaged in a beech tree.

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2020 at 15:08    Image of day on 31 Oct 2020

Spot the Butterfly on these mint flowers!

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2020 at 15:20    Image of day on 31 Oct 2020

Here you can clearly see the Brimstone Butterfly's proboscis busy sucking up the life-giving nectar.

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Image Taken on 01 Apr 2014 at 14:12    Image of day on 11 May 2014

Another winter hibernating butterfly - the Brimstone - is here feeding on a Red Dead-nettle.

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Image Taken on 04 Nov 2020 at 12:55    Image of day on 11 Dec 2020

A mid-day patch of early November sunshine sees this pristine male Brimstone butterfly warming himself on the south facing Rose bush by the front door. These insects overwinter in sheltered spots (they love sheds) to appear in the Spring to mate, relying on spring flowers for fuel.

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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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