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Butterflies Page 9

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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Image Taken on 24 Aug 2011 at 12:15    Image of day on 08 Oct 2011

The dominant meadow flower at the moment is the Purple Loosestrife. Here a male Common Blue butterfly sips up some nectar

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2010 at 13:02    Image of day on 14 Nov 2010

A common Blue butterfly male feeding on some ragwort flowers. Its a bit faded on both sides - signs of a life well spent in the sunshine? If he has a memory for such things (pretty unlikely!) he is going to be disappointed to find it gone later in the day after a grass cut (its was growing in a grass walk). We don't let poisonous Ragwort seed in this cattle country anyway. The yellow buddleia (which flowers until first frost) will have to do.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:35    Image of day on 27 Sep 2010

The main image is a lucky (if spending an hour trying is 'luck') single frame of a male Common blue butterfly spotting a female and coming over to try his luck! The bottom 2 show her turning round, and then him trying to couple with her. They flew off in a blur without coupling (but may have elsewhere).

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Image Taken on 31 May 2011 at 12:28    Image of day on 01 Jul 2011

A couple of portraits of an immaculate male Common Blue butterfly as it flew around our 'meadow'.

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Image Taken on 16 May 2011 at 16:23    Image of day on 11 Jun 2011

Following an unusually good showing of Holly Blue butterflies in April, we now have the Common Blue butterfly - here the male which actually does have a blue top to the wings (unlike the females brown).

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Image Taken on 31 May 2011 at 12:32    Image of day on 01 Jul 2011

By now the Common Blue butterfly had moved on to a patch of clover.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2015 at 16:00    Image of day on 16 Oct 2015

A Common Blue butterfly giving us a look at the top and bottom surfaces of all 4 wings.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2015 at 16:01    Image of day on 16 Oct 2015

The markings on the bottom of the wings of the Common Blue butterfly are very intricate, and vary somewhat between the sexes.

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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2010 at 16:47    Image of day on 17 Sep 2010

Common Blue butterflies are, for the moment, almost 'common' - a nice change from previous years. Here one is on a thistle flower with a chance water drop on the grass stem magnifying stem detail.

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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2013 at 15:15    Image of day on 16 Oct 2013

This Common Blue butterfly was perched on a grass stem amongst an impressive 'crop' of thistles. The colour shone out among the whites & Browns.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 10:48    Image of day on 17 Sep 2009

A closer and more sedate view of the beautiful patterned wing.

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2011 at 11:07    Image of day on 04 Sep 2011

When its warm enough with some sunshine, we get to see several species of butterfly mating, often first spotted in awkward flight while coupled. Here a pair of Common Blue butterflies on some thistle seed heads.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2010 at 08:46    Image of day on 06 Sep 2010

The view of the grass stems through the wing is real - the wings are semi-transparent.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2014 at 15:19    Image of day on 23 Sep 2014

This Gatekeeper butterfly pair are mating. They are also known as the Hedge Brown, but we prefer Gatekeeper - a name given them by a tendency to gather around gate posts. They landed here in coupled position after several false landings on other foliage.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2022 at 15:59    Image of day on 26 Aug 2022

Our first sighting of a Gatekeeper butterfly this year is of this pair mating.
The double white dots in the black oval is a characteristic of the species.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2011 at 13:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2011

Here are a pair of Gatekeeper butterflies mating on un-dispersed thistle down - looks lovely and comfy!

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2011 at 13:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2011

This pair didn't have it all their own way - another individual (probably a male) fluttered around them but they ignored him.

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