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Butterflies Page 9

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 25 Aug 2019 at 16:06    Image of day on 21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 16:10    Image of day on 21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 16:06    Image of day on 21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect, as you can see relative to this smaller than average Oxeye Daisy. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.


Ref: 20191021_da1_20190825_1606_168+1128_031_ft1 holly blue butterfly female in flight + oxeye daisy flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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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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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Image Taken on 05 May 2008 at 15:02    Image of day on 19 May 2008

The Holly Blue butterfly is a rare visitor photographed here only 4 times: 1997 (Kodachrome - in flight, date unknown), 21 May 2001, 16 May 2002, 5 May 2008. Note the date drift.
The identification of the plant is wrong - it should be Green Alkanet (sometimes Evergreen Bugloss) (Pentaglottis Sempervirens). Thanks to Rory Morrisey for the correction.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:37    Image of day on 29 Jul 2006

The blackberry flower supplies pollen for the bee and nectar for both.


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