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Butterflies Page 10

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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Image of day on 01 Aug 2005

Image from this date last year - a couple of 'Gatekeeper' (AKA Hedge Brown) Butterflies feeding from Blackberry Nectar.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2021 at 09:47    Image of day on 28 Aug 2021

Out first sighting this year of a 'Gatekeeper' Butterfly.
The 2 white specks in the black circle are a quick ID assist.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2017 at 12:28    Image of day on 27 Aug 2017

A Gatekeeper Butterfly on the dead grass ground cover next to one of the many young thistles that mean that sandals will NOT do if you walk over the rough grass.

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2022 at 08:07    Image of day on 03 Sep 2022

This pristine Gatekeeper Butterfly is 'tucking into' a Blackberry flower. The temperature then quickly rose as the hot south wind supplemented the hot sun. By mid-day the skies and flowers were deserted in favour of finding a shady spot and staying there!

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2021 at 10:23    Image of day on 07 Sep 2021

Another sighting of a Gatekeeper Butterfly enjoying one of the thousands of Blackberry flowers now offering their nectar and at the same time pollinating the flowers for us to harvest the fruit in the autumn.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2018 at 13:56    Image of day on 13 Aug 2018

The Gatekeeper Butterfly (also known as the Hedge Brown, and older names Hedge Eye, Small Meadow Brown, and Large Heath) has two white dots in its black spot (unlike the single dot in a Meadow Brown).
In the 1970s we got really confused by these Browns, named differently in different books, and are pleased we have just discovered why.

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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2020 at 12:12    Image of day on 24 Aug 2020

An immaculate female Gatekeeper Butterfly - the first female we have managed to photograph this year. The 'boys' will be pleased :-)

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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2012 at 13:46    Image of day on 09 Sep 2012

The small Gatekeeper butterflies seem to spend most of their time on Blackberry flowers. This flower head includes a Flower bud, a forming fruit, and a fairly exhausted open flower.

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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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