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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2018 at 09:25    Image of day on 07 Jun 2018

A Green-veined White butterfly stops to tank-up on some Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers that grow all around the edge of the main pond and the main pond island. The butterfly takes it's name for the patterning under the wing.


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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2022 at 15:04    Image of day on 01 Nov 2022

The weather has been quite cold and rarely sunny, but we did find this Green-veined White butterfly feeding on the still flowering mint plants.


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Image Taken on 04 Sep 2022 at 16:02    Image of day on 12 Oct 2022

A Green-veined White Butterfly enjoys a mint flower


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Image Taken on 04 Sep 2022 at 16:02    Image of day on 12 Oct 2022

Here is a closer look at just the Green-veined white Butterfly on a mint flower.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2019 at 13:12    Image of day on 11 Nov 2019

Green Veined White Butterflies have been seen here regularly this year. This one is on the seemingly never ending supply of Mint flowers Now in their second brood, eggs laid now overwinter as Chrysalises.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2019 at 13:12    Image of day on 11 Nov 2019

Green Veined White Butterflies have been seen here regularly this year. This one is on the seemingly never ending supply of Mint flowers Now in their second brood, eggs laid now overwinter as Chrysalises.


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Image Taken on 24 Aug 2021 at 11:00    Image of day on 06 Oct 2021

A Green-veined White Butterfly enjoying their share of the Loosestrife bounty.


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Image Taken on 04 Sep 2022 at 16:03    Image of day on 12 Oct 2022

The same individual Green-veined White Butterfly goes on to visit this thistle flower, surrounded by withering flowers and a tangle of seeds ready to be blown to pastures new.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2022 at 11:12    Image of day on 20 Sep 2022

The first Green-veined White Butterfly this year.


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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 16:05    Image of day on 19 May 2019

A different Green-veined White individual flies towards the camera - a direction totally the decision of the insect. Once they are in flight they can do whatever they like!


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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 13:01    Image of day on 19 May 2019

This is a Green Veined White Butterfly 'visiting' which is somethimes seen feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2021 at 13:44    Image of day on 18 Aug 2021

This is the second emergence this year of Green-veined White Butterflies. This species overwinters as Chrysalises (or chrysalides) to emerge in Spring, twice laying eggs for 2 summertime generations, before dying in the Autumn and leaving the Chrysalises to emerge to continue the species next year.


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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 May 2020 at 13:33    Image of day on 29 May 2020

Next afternoon this Green Veined White butterfly perches on a Garlic Mustard leaf. Not trying to feed, the Proboscis is neatly rolled.


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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2020 at 13:03    Image of day on 06 Sep 2020

A pair of Holly Blue butterflies mating on a Hawthorn leaf.


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Image Taken on 04 Aug 2021 at 15:18    Image of day on 13 Sep 2021

This Holly Blue Butterfly makes it's second generation for the year, before laying eggs and making Pupae which hibernate through the winter to emerge as next years first generation.
Even quite similar Butterfly species use a wide range of 1, 2 or 3 generations per year, going through the winter as any of Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis or Adults. The diversity is amazing - your couldn't plan it!
If you are interested in such stuff we recommend to you a 1991 book 'The Butterflies of Britain & Ireland' by Jeremy Thomas & Richard Lewington ISBN 0-86318-591-6. It includes multi-sided illustrations of both sexes different generations and variations, and timelines for each stage of development.
Looking this up on Amazon, EBay & Google (in 2021) shows used original hardback copies for about UKP 7 inc. delivery, and that there is a revised edition (2019) for about UKP 20 which we haven't seen so can't comment.



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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2023 at 13:13    Image of day on 17 Sep 2023

The second brood of Holly Blue Butterflies has emerged.


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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 27 Aug 2023 at 13:07    Image of day on 23 Oct 2023

Holly Blue Butterflies appear in cycles as they produce new generations through the year. This one is enjoying a feed from a mint 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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