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Butterflies Page 13

Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

Here on a Buddleia this Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly down the centre of one of the florets. The Proboscis is a figure of 8 cross-section which stops it getting in a tangle when it rolls it up.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2015 at 17:53    Image of day on 25 Sep 2015

This Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly inside the solitary remaining flower at the top of this teasel head.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2014 at 11:00    Image of day on 11 May 2014

A welcome but very tatty Peacock Butterfly, awake after hibernating through the winter, ready to do the all important business of making a new generation.

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2016 at 15:52    Image of day on 20 Jul 2016

A rather faded Peacock Butterfly (that will have overwintered) nevertheless makes a beautiful splash of colour with the delicate blue of Green Alkanet flowers.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 12:57    Image of day on 05 Sep 2017

We seem to have more than usual Red Admiral Butterflies this year, increasing the chance of 2 on the same teasel at once, even if for only a few seconds. The insect on the right is pristine, but the other seems to have been around for longer and had time to get caught in the beak of a bird, escaping by leaving a bit of it's wing in the beak.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:29    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

2 Red Admiral butterflies resting on some weed seed heads tangled in some the branches of a young plum tree. Although they show well here we hadn't noticed the one on the right until the one on the left landed next to it. Black is usually a very good camouflage, except in snow!

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 10:33    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

We offered the pair a feed on a yellow buddleia flower (on which we netted one of them) and took the opportunity for some portraits.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

Several Red Admiral butterflies were sunning themselves on the orchard apple and plum trees. The rotting & fermenting fallen fruit attracts a variety of butterflies to feed and sometimes get a little 'drunk'!

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

A detail from the above.

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2008 at 16:16    Image of day on 03 Nov 2008

We found and photographed this beautiful butterfly Chrysalis without knowing the species. Next day we brought it into our insect rearing tank to observe it ...

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2010 at 12:47    Image of day on 25 Nov 2010

We have a yellow Buddleia that has always kept flowering until the first air frost. We seem to have a solitary Red admiral around the plot that is a regular on these flowers. Here it is rolling up it's proboscis after feeding on nectar - there is still a drop of fluid at the top of the curve.

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Image Taken on 15 Oct 2008 at 08:33    Image of day on 03 Nov 2008

... and here is the emerged insect - a Red Admiral butterfly. Released when the weather improved in the afternoon, we saw it around for several days feeding on our autumn flowers. Click to see a Red Admiral top view taken in 2006.

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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2017 at 11:01    Image of day on 12 Sep 2017

This Red Admiral Butterfly was feeding from this leaning Teasel, showing us in successive frames the proboscis deep in a floret and then moving to another.
Working up this little mirror-image montage was accompanied by the track 'The Red Admiral Butterfly' on the CD 'James Galway and the Chieftains' (also available on YouTube)

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2017 at 10:05    Image of day on 02 Sep 2017

A Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on a freshly flowering (un-divided ring of flowers so far) Teasel. In the Left hand image the butterfly has it's proboscis deep inside one of these tall florets. At the right a floret has pulled out of the Teasel head as the Butterfly extracts the feeding tube, something we have seen several times before but never had the camera focussed to catch the moment before the insect flicks it away.

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Image Taken on 20 Nov 2008 at 08:57    Image of day on 07 Dec 2008

A very late appearance of a Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the sunshine on a flowering Viburnum. It might be the one we raised indoors, but really don't know as we didn't mark it - see the archive for 3 Nov 2008.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2016 at 13:36    Image of day on 06 Nov 2016

In the autumn sunshine, a Red Admiral Butterfly feasts from the water mint still flowering at the main pond.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2016 at 13:41    Image of day on 16 Oct 2016

A pristine Red Admiral Butterfly sipping Water Mint nectar through it's built-in straw.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 15:56    Image of day on 15 Oct 2017

This Red Admiral butterfly was caught circling the Buddleia, but we had seen them over the Water Mint as well and this is what we show the butterfly with.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 14:13    Image of day on 06 Oct 2015

A rather 'worn' Red admiral Butterfly could nevertheless fly well.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:07    Image of day on 08 Oct 2010

A bit of sunshine tends to bring out the butterflies on even quite cool days. These two were enjoying a sheltered patch of blackberries (brambles) when we 'invited' them in for a photo session.
First a Red Admiral butterfly.

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