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Butterflies Page 9

Image Taken on 04 Jul 2018 at 14:54    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

A Large White Butterfly feeding on a thistle flower.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2015 at 10:53    Image of day on 10 Oct 2015

Not that common here (no rows of Brassicas for the 'girls' to lay on), is this Large White butterfly on one of the remaining thistle flowers.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2018 at 12:56    Image of day on 06 Oct 2018

This year we have seen more white butterflies (Large and Small) than we normally see over several years. This pair seemed intent on mating, didn't actually finish the job in front of us, and finally took off together to make one of their beautiful fluttering spirals into the blue and over the trees out of view.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 17:38    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

A pair of Large White Butterflies spiralling into the sky in a mating ritual.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2015 at 15:49    Image of day on 11 Sep 2015

A Marbled White Butterfly feeding on a thistle flower.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2011 at 09:57    Image of day on 07 Aug 2011

Thistles are an invasive plant that needs to be controlled, but they certainly attract butterflies.
We have only previously recorded a marbled White butterfly in 2008. This year a few of them are a delightful sight flitting over the flowers.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2013 at 09:05    Image of day on 05 Sep 2013

The hot weather has produced a show of perhaps 100 of various 'brown' butterflies over our meadow. Here are a pair of Meadow Brown butterflies mating - you can see the coupling of the abdomens just below the inverted V where their wings cross at the bottom.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2011 at 11:58    Image of day on 22 Aug 2011

A pair of Meadow Brown butterflies mating artistically positioned across a grass stem in a shape reminiscent of the lover's Heart.
Butterflies mate 'tail to tail'.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2011 at 10:24    Image of day on 02 Aug 2011

4 in one
This time a single frame containing what we thought was 3 insects turned out to contain not just a Meadow Brown butterfly and 2 skippers sharing a flower, but a winged ant flying by and casting a shadow on the butterflies wing it was about to land on.

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2018 at 15:04    Image of day on 22 Jul 2018

The first Meadow Brown this year, enjoying a Buttercup.
Love the contrast of Orange, dark (shaded) and sunlit yellow.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 16:12    Image of day on 12 Sep 2017

A meadow Brown Butterfly extracting nectar from one of the many florets on this Oxeye Daisy.

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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2016 at 09:31    Image of day on 30 Aug 2016

A Meadow Brown butterfly enjoying the nectar from a thistle.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2017 at 12:29    Image of day on 07 Sep 2017

By the margin of the Iris dominated main pond quite a lot of Water Mint grows, and this Meadow Brown Butterfly has arrived to feed on the flowers.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2011 at 10:24    Image of day on 02 Aug 2011

Next frame the ant had landed (sort of).

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2006 at 09:38    Image of day on 11 Aug 2006

Coiled like a watch spring below and left of its head the feeding proboscis will soon be uncoiled and back in action.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2008 at 12:08    Image of day on 02 Jun 2008

This is an orange-tip butterfly - the female has no orange tip but the beautiful green and white mottled underwing is the giveaway. Haven't seen a male for a week or two.

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Image Taken on 11 May 2009 at 13:49    Image of day on 03 Jun 2009

Wow - an orange tip actually stopped flying long enough to get a pic 'in the field'!

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Image Taken on 16 May 2016 at 10:36    Image of day on 25 Jun 2016

A male Orange Tip butterfly perched on some fresh Blackberry leaves.

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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2011 at 16:12    Image of day on 22 May 2011

A pair of orange tip butterflies spent a couple of minutes fluttering round each other (very hard to photo) and then the female landed on the grass path and the male made his intentions excitably clear. Here one moment from the action - they flew off together & we lost sight of them in the undergrowth.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 14:18    Image of day on 16 Jul 2014

Top right is the Male Orange-tip butterfly, together with an image of the female and a flowering Garlic Mustard - one of their favourite plants for egg laying which we encourage down our trackway edge. We would love to have caught this setup 'for real' but it's hard enough getting a decent image of one insect in flight at a time, so this is a montage of 3 images to illustrate what we see in the wild.

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