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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 02 Sep 2018 at 13:52    Image of day on 26 Oct 2018

A well marked Green-veined white Butterfly feeding from a Dandelion flower. The edges of the wings are well worn, but insects in general have no nervous system in the wing surfaces, so don't get (or really need) any warning sensations.


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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 21 Apr 2019 at 16:05    Image of day on 19 May 2019

A different Green-veined White individual flies towards the camera - a direction totally the decision of the insect. Once they are in flight they can do whatever they like!


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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 13:01    Image of day on 19 May 2019

This is a Green Veined White Butterfly 'visiting' which is somethimes seen feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers.


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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 22 Apr 2019 at 15:01    Image of day on 22 May 2019

This Holly Blue Butterfly shows the top of the wings on the left, and the bottoms and on the right. As usual we then sent him on his way across the fields.


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 14:59    Image of day on 22 May 2019

Blue Butterflies are not well represented here, so we were pleased that an hour's effort 'bagged' this male Holly Blue Butterfly which obliged with a few flights.


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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2019 at 15:30    Image of day on 22 Apr 2019

An apparently very early sighting of a Holly Blue Butterfly in late March.


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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2019 at 15:33    Image of day on 22 Apr 2019

The Holly Blue Butterfly seemed reluctant to open his wings so we could be sure of the sex, but finally HE did.


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