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Butterflies Page 5

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 Taken on 05 Sep 2021 at 10:49    Image of day on 17 Oct 2021

A wide view of the yellow Buddleia bush shows about 20 Small and Large White butterflies feeding on the flowers and fluttering above the bush.
This pic really doesn't capture the delightful feeling seeing this provides.

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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 14 Sep 2023 at 10:38    Image of day on 05 Nov 2023

These two Comma Butterflies almost seem to be having a little battle. The insect on the right clearly shows his proboscis only partly furled or unfurled.

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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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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2019 at 10:01    Image of day on 26 Oct 2019

Here you see the white 'comma' that appears only on the bottom of the rear wings of the Comma Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2021 at 17:39    Image of day on 18 Aug 2021

Following an initial flurry of Comma Butterflies in Spring, they do their thing, lay eggs and die. The new brood appear as adults in July, and here is a pristine sample. This generation again lay eggs, and the next 'batch' appear in September. It is this generation that overwinter as adults to venture out the following year to start the cycle going again.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2020 at 11:05    Image of day on 02 Aug 2020

Perched on a leaf, we see how the Comma Butterfly's corrugated leaf outline and colour looks so like a dead leaf.

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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2018 at 15:44    Image of day on 20 Oct 2018

On the vertical side of the meadow post (where we see most of our Owls) is this Comma Butterfly. In this pic you can see both sides of the wings, including the white Comma mark that gives the insect it's name.

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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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