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Butterflies Page 11

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 13 Jul 2023 at 13:52    Image of day on 08 Sep 2023

The Gatekeeper Butterfly is smaller than the larger Red Admiral (lots of these this year) and Peacock (only one seen this year on 18July2023).
Their antennae are shadowed on the leaf below.

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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 15 Jul 2023 at 11:16    Image of day on 08 Sep 2023

A couple of days later this pair of Gatekeeper Butterflies are mating on a grass blade.

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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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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2023 at 12:52    Image of day on 15 Oct 2023

A pristine Green-veined white - at this time of year it must be the second of the years two broods.

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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2016 at 14:39    Image of day on 25 May 2016

This Green-veined White Butterfly is an occasional visitor here, and is very early considering the land elevation.

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Image Taken on 20 May 2023 at 12:59    Image of day on 07 Jul 2023

This Green-veined White Butterfly is basking on a leaf.

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2013 at 12:15    Image of day on 04 Sep 2013

The Green-veined White butterfly has been a bit of a rarity here - maybe the arable farming around us has encouraged them. Anyway, along our track-side we found this one feeding on the rampant Blackberry brambles.

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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2018 at 13:52    Image of day on 26 Oct 2018

A well marked Green-veined white Butterfly feeding from a Dandelion flower. The edges of the wings are well worn, but insects in general have no nervous system in the wing surfaces, so don't get (or really need) any warning sensations.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2018 at 13:16    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

A Green-veined White Butterfly looking for nectar on a mostly 'spent' Blackberry flower.

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Image Taken on 04 May 2020 at 15:08    Image of day on 29 May 2020

This has been an unusually plentiful year for Green Veined White Butterflies around our patch. This one is feeding from an also plentiful Garlic Mustard flower.

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