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Butterflies Page 5

Image Taken on 15 Jul 2009 at 18:13    Image of day on 18 Aug 2009

A little special for the Woodland Trust phenology enthusiasts - a Comma Butterfly on a fruiting Rowan - both 'recorded' species.

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Image Taken on 11 Oct 2016 at 10:51    Image of day on 26 Nov 2016

A good year for Comma Butterflies this year at this site if not more generally.

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Image Taken on 03 Apr 2009 at 16:55    Image of day on 27 Apr 2009

A Comma butterfly (the characteristic comma is on the Comma Butterfly underwing (click to view).) basking in the sunshine after spending the winter in hibernation. This is our first recording of one in Spring (and after a poor 2008 for butterflies in general) although its quite normal.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2012 at 12:42    Image of day on 20 Oct 2012

A Comma Butterfly feeding on a Yellow Buddleia. This shows the lower surface of the wing with the 'comma' marking, rather than the orange upper surface.

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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2016 at 12:18    Image of day on 28 Apr 2016

What we think is the first Comma butterfly we have seen this year. It is perched on a broken stem of a teasel and you can see the characteristic white mark on the bottom of the wing that gives the species it's name.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2018 at 14:13    Image of day on 29 Aug 2018

Also a Comma Butterfly, here with the orange wing surface hidden, but showing the white mark that gives the Comma Butterfly it's name.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2015 at 15:00    Image of day on 30 May 2015

An almost perfect Comma butterfly that has also over-wintered and is in lovely condition. We normally don't notice them until they arrive to feast on the rotting windfall apples in Autumn. This one is perched on a stinging nettle leaf, with a blackberry stem running over the leaf.

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Image Taken on 13 Sep 2014 at 12:35    Image of day on 24 Nov 2014

A Comma butterfly showing the dark bottom of the wing with the white 'comma', and a glimpse of the vivid orange top surface.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 08:57    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

Before 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
A Comma Butterfly with it's proboscis is wheedling out juice from the ripe blackberry it is perched upon. You can just make out the white 'comma' as a semicircle on the lower (dark) side of the wing nearest to us.

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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2017 at 16:03    Image of day on 30 Oct 2017

A pristine Comma Butterfly warms itself on a blackberry leaf.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2013 at 09:03    Image of day on 13 Sep 2013

The delicate on the delicate.
The tiny weight of this Comma Butterfly is about 0.25 gram (See Weights of Insects)
but this is sufficient to substantially pull down the grass seed head. The insect is photographed from below showing the left hand 'comma' but is back lit so you also see the orange pattern from the top of the wing.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2009 at 14:26    Image of day on 17 Sep 2009

This tatty individual is our first sighting of ANY 'blue' butterfly for 2 seasons. He never produced a good single top and bottom wing visible in a single shot, so here is a montage of a single flight about 1/4 seconds apart.

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 12:26    Image of day on 01 Oct 2017

This is a Common Blue Butterfly, for all that her wings are brown. You can see a blue haze of hairs over her body.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2014 at 11:11    Image of day on 12 Oct 2014

The female Common Blue butterfly has brown tops to her wings with a 'dashing' orange border the male does without. As you can see the species is very fond of feeding on ground level clover flowers that spring up after mowing.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:19    Image of day on 28 Sep 2010

Here you can see this female Common Blue butterfly reaching to the bottom of the flower rather than the more visible anthers it is standing on.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:16    Image of day on 27 Sep 2010

The female common blues do not usually display there brown upper wing surface in the way that the males do. Here we see her basking for a moment.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:17    Image of day on 28 Sep 2010

This one suddenly uncoiled her proboscis to reach into the nectaries of a bramble flower. We have never noticed one reaching out sideways like this before from one flower to reach another

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2010 at 08:41    Image of day on 06 Sep 2010

The Common Blue butterflies are seen over our 'meadow' intermittently during the year Here are two views of an individual that stayed for a few minutes before doing the 'vanishing trick'.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2014 at 12:31    Image of day on 12 Oct 2014

When we walk down the meadow path little flakes of sky (thank you Magritte for popularising the notion) flutter away from us, never reaching higher than about a metre from the ground. Only the male Common Blue butterfly has the blue top to the wings.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2011 at 12:43    Image of day on 08 Oct 2011

We still have several blue butterflies on the plot whenever the sun comes out. Here a Common Blue male feeding on a nearly finished clover flower.

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