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Butterflies Page 10

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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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:08    Image of day on 16 Jul 2006

A gatekeeper butterfly on blackberry leaf.

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Image of day on 26 Jul 2005

A Gatekeeper butterfly on a recently cut branch

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2020 at 09:11    Image of day on 19 Aug 2020

A Gatekeeper Butterfly enjoying the nectar from a Ragwort flower.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2018 at 10:03    Image of day on 14 Sep 2018

Wild flowers have been flowering well and supporting large numbers and variety of Butterflies.

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2019 at 10:41    Image of day on 17 Sep 2019

This Gatekeeper Butterfly has it's Proboscis only loosely rolled. Look under the Antennae - it looks like a few specks of pollen are stuck to it.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2020 at 14:23    Image of day on 24 Aug 2020

We have a huge 'crop' of Gatekeeper Butterflies this year. Here you can see the coiled up Proboscis when at rest. When you consider what a tangled mess humans can make with a hose, this piece of 'design' is very effective - and it has to be for this insect to survive.

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Image Taken on 12 Apr 2020 at 12:21    Image of day on 30 Apr 2020

Our first sighting this year of a green Veined White Butterfly, and we are lucky enough to catch a pair mating. It is not unusual to see the female butterfly feeding while the male does his 'thing'.

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2009 at 16:53    Image of day on 14 May 2009

We have resurrected and upgraded our 'flight tunnel' last used 13 years ago making the best of what modern digital cameras have to offer.
Our site is awash with these Lady's smock (Cuckoo flower) flowers and all the white butterflies, including this Green-veined, love them!

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2019 at 08:33    Image of day on 05 Sep 2019

A morning Green-veined White Butterfly backlit by the morning sun.

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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 12 Jul 2020 at 09:20    Image of day on 18 Aug 2020

A couple of Green-veined White Butterflies fluttering in the grass as they get 'worked up' prior to mating.

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