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Butterflies Page 7

Image Taken on 06 Jul 2009 at 08:58    Image of day on 07 Aug 2009

The gatekeeper butterfly has appeared. It is barely 2/3 the size of the meadow brown, but the two white dots in the black spot is characteristic

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:08    Image of day on 16 Jul 2006

A gatekeeper butterfly on blackberry leaf.

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Image of day on 26 Jul 2005

A Gatekeeper butterfly on a recently cut branch

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2009 at 16:53    Image of day on 14 May 2009

We have resurrected and upgraded our 'flight tunnel' last used 13 years ago making the best of what modern digital cameras have to offer.
Our site is awash with these Lady's smock (Cuckoo flower) flowers and all the white butterflies, including this Green-veined, love them!

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2015 at 10:33    Image of day on 17 Sep 2015

Green-veined white Butterflies are fairly uncommon here, so we were pleased to see this pair mating. More next year maybe!

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2016 at 14:39    Image of day on 25 May 2016

This Green-veined White Butterfly is an occasional visitor here, and is very early considering the land elevation.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2013 at 12:15    Image of day on 04 Sep 2013

The Green-veined White butterfly has been a bit of a rarity here - maybe the arable farming around us has encouraged them. Anyway, along our track-side we found this one feeding on the rampant Blackberry brambles.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2018 at 13:16    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

A Green-veined White Butterfly looking for nectar on a mostly 'spent' Blackberry flower.

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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2018 at 09:25    Image of day on 07 Jun 2018

A Green-veined White butterfly stops to tank-up on some Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers that grow all around the edge of the main pond and the main pond island. The butterfly takes it's name for the patterning under the wing.

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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2015 at 10:37    Image of day on 17 Jun 2015

We don't see many Green-veined White Butterflies. This one was by the edge of our concrete access track on the inevitable nettles.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2016 at 13:17    Image of day on 25 Sep 2016

A Holly Blue Butterfly feasting on a Blackberry flower

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:08    Image of day on 16 Oct 2015

A Holly Blue butterfly resting on a leaf.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2016 at 11:08    Image of day on 30 Jul 2016

We have come to think of our Oxeye Daisies as having limited value as a food source, so were pleasantly surprised to see that Holly Blue Butterfly actively feeding on a flower head.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:08    Image of day on 31 May 2011

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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:04    Image of day on 31 May 2011

A 3 weeks ago we brought you the male Holly Blue butterfly. Here is the subtly different female with different top of the wing but similar underwing

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2016 at 11:09    Image of day on 30 Jul 2016

The Holly Blue Butterfly flew up into the adjacent Oak tree to sun itself, surprisingly well camouflaged - we saw it land and still had trouble finding it.

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2016 at 12:55    Image of day on 02 Oct 2016

Only the female Holly Blue Butterfly has this dark edge on the top of the wings - the male has barely a trace.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:48    Image of day on 01 May 2011

The Holly Blue butterfly is a rare visitor - only seen a handful of times in 20 years. We managed to catch this one and photograph him in flight. The light blue with dots is what you see when the wings are folded, and the deep blue when open.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:41    Image of day on 01 May 2011

We don't feel the previous image does justice to the blue top of the wing, so here is another view.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2015 at 12:52    Image of day on 10 Oct 2015

A Holly Blue butterfly in a ramshackle bit of hedge. The inset shows the insect fluttering - the only time we could see the top of the wing beyond the edges. Only an occasional visitor here - once or twice some years, not at all others

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