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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2017 at 12:32    Image of day on 21 Jun 2017

The Orange-tip butterfly season seems have lasted unusually well this year. This is the head-on view of a male perched on a fallen Dandelion 'clock'. You can see the orange glow between the wing tips.

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Image Taken on 28 Apr 2017 at 12:34    Image of day on 21 Jun 2017

Here a male orange-tip with wings spread in the sunshine. You can just see the wonderful green tracery showing through from the other side of his rear wings.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2006 at 12:39    Image of day on 05 Aug 2006

Teasels are now spikily rampant and many are flowering in their unusual rings of florets. The Painted Lady is a summer visitor that have only been common here in the last few years. Here two are refuelling on the nectar.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2009 at 10:46    Image of day on 23 Sep 2009

This painted lady dipped into successive florets (single flowers in a group) on a teasel, dipping into 1 a couple of times - it may be more random than it looks. Anyway, in a single sequence of 3 seconds here are the dips into 3 little fuel stores.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2014 at 12:42    Image of day on 05 Oct 2014

A painted Lady Butterfly feeding on a Teasel flower head.
"We didn't see one of those last year" we said.
We looked in our database and we found that it has been not 1 but 4 years - last recorded in 2009.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:52    Image of day on 05 Oct 2015

Our first sighting of a Painted Lady Butterfly this year, and in fact our first record at all since a large influx in 2009.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2009 at 10:37    Image of day on 23 Aug 2009

After a years absence we are seeing the migrant painted lady butterfly this year. Most are rather tatty and faded but this individual was still in good condition. The Soldier Beetles on the thistle spent all 45 minutes of the photo-shoot mating in happy oblivion!

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2015 at 09:53    Image of day on 10 Oct 2015

Proboscis maneuvering to a new flower on this nearly spent Teasel, a painted Lady Butterfly replenishes the overnight fast.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2009 at 10:02    Image of day on 05 Sep 2009

Painted lady butterfly out before the dew has dried sunning itself to warm up prior to a busy day feeding at assorted wild and cultivated flowers.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2017 at 08:21    Image of day on 11 Aug 2017

On the same Privet hedge we spotted this single Painted Lady Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 10:16    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

2014 has been a good year for Peacock butterflies, with at least 20 feeding in the meadow on sunny days.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 10:15    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

The Peacock butterflies also feed en-masse on Teasel flowers. Here are 2 sharing either side of a single Teasel head.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2011 at 10:12    Image of day on 01 Sep 2011

This Peacock butterfly was repeatedly irritated by the hover-flies and kept flicking it's wings when they got close.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2017 at 12:40    Image of day on 05 Sep 2017

A few Peacock butterflies are appearing - most of the butterflies share our proliferation of flowering teasels. The underside of the wings nearest to us is in fact very dark, but the sunlight is showing us the pattern on the top of same wings shining through.

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Image Taken on 15 Apr 2009 at 15:11    Image of day on 12 May 2009

This Peacock butterfly has overwintered in remarkably good condition & decorates the cherry blossom, or is it vice-versa.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:46    Image of day on 07 Jun 2013

So far only the peacock butterfly has settled on the flowers long enough to capture any images. This one is in a reasonable state considering that it has been hibernating all winter.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:48    Image of day on 07 Jun 2013

The bland blue sky may suggest a 'studio shot' but this lovely peacock butterfly (who will have been in hibernation all winter) was most definitely enjoying the cherry tree blossom out in the 'wild'

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2013 at 12:13    Image of day on 13 Sep 2013

We have a lot of Ragwort in flower this year (and we will cut most of the heads before they seed to prevent it taking over!). Despite the plant being poisonous to some animals, the flowers obviously deliver thoroughly palatable nectar to this Peacock butterfly.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2018 at 11:20    Image of day on 04 Sep 2018

Hover-fly, Peacock Butterfly, and a Soldier Beetle all caught by chance in the same frame.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:14    Image of day on 04 Oct 2015

We have always found Peacock butterflies really hard to photograph well - they always look brighter in real life than in a photo (film or digital). Certainly the bottom of the wing is very dark. Here is an in-flight impression, both images showing the colourful top side of the wings, and the almost black bottom

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