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Butterflies Page 13
Image Taken on 01 May 2015
at 12:40 Image of day on 28 Jun 2015
Orange-tip butterflies are restless little souls who hardly ever
stop their erratic flight. But they do need to refuel sometimes -
this one on the Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) (aka Cuckoo Flower). The red wing
tip appear only on the males, but the intricate green tracery
(you can't see here) on the other side of the wing decorates
Ref: 20150628_df3_20150501_1240_165 orange-tip butterfly male on ladys smock (cuckoo flower) flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 05 May 2015
at 12:13 Image of day on 28 Jun 2015
We see Orange-tip butterflies on most outings at the moment when
the sun is out. It is usually the males we see because they are
out 'hunting' for females and only they have the bright orange
tips. But we see the odd female so the males are presumably not
Ref: 20150628_df3_20150505_1213_080 orange-tip butterfly male on nettle leaf(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 May 2015
at 12:48 Image of day on 08 Jul 2015
A favourite butterfly is the Orange-Tip, and here is one using
its underwing camouflage to great effect. We had trouble find it
even though we saw it land only a few metres away. This is the
male with the upper wing tip bright orange, but folded out of
sight. You can just make out an orange tinge near the back top of
the upper wing, but the disguise is near complete.
Ref: 20150708_p10_20150515_1248_498 orange-tip butterfly male perched with wings closed showing underwing pattern (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 May 2018
at 15:57 Image of day on 07 Jun 2018
This orange tip is newly emerged and flutters seemingly non-stop in search of a
mate. Only the male has the gorgeous orange tips, but both sexes have the
beautiful green and white patterning over the underneath of the rear wings, and
along the edge of the forewing which perfectly lines up when the insect closes
it's wings. Amazing!
Ref: 20180607_df3_20180503_1557_070 orange-tip butterfly male showing patterned underwing (crop 2)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Apr 2012
at 16:28 Image of day on 26 May 2012
An Orange-tip butterfly feeding on a Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flower.
Where's the 'orange' bit then? Like many sexually dimorphic species, the
orange tips to the wings are on the males only - this is a female.
Ref: 20120526_df1_20120430_1628_210+215 orange-tip butterfly on ladys smock (cuckoo flower) flower (montage for differential focus)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 19 May 2014
at 17:27 Image of day on 23 Jul 2014
A pair of Orange-tip butterflies courting in the evening sunshine.
A mostly accurate montage to convey the action as they spiraled upwards.
Ref: 20140723_df2_20140519_1727_175+187-189 orange-tip butterfly pair courting in rising flight selected 1-4 of 4 (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170621_df3_20170428_1232_037 orange-tip butterfly viewed head-on on dandelion clock (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170621_df3_20170428_1234_049 orange-tip butterfly with wings spread(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20060805_d10_20060724_1239_027 2 painted lady butterflies on teasel(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Jun 2019
at 17:35 Image of day on 16 Aug 2019
Here is a Painted Lady Butterfly also choosing one of thousands of Privet heads
for a feed. This one has a slightly damaged edge to the wing - quite normal
damage from brushing on foliage. We have always felt that the name 'Painted
Lady' is a bit strong for this subtly coloured creature.
Ref: 20190816_df5_20190627_1735_122 painted lady butterfly feeding on privet flowers(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Jun 2019
at 17:39 Image of day on 16 Aug 2019
Another slightly less wing edged damaged Painted Lady Butterfly gives us a
lovely view of her underwings as she feeds through her proboscis forming a
gentle bend lower right.
Ref: 20190816_df5_20190628_1739_296 painted lady butterfly feeding on privet flowers(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090923_cf1_20090808_1046_419+430+444 painted lady butterfly feeding on successive teasel florets @ 20fps 1+12+26 of 50 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20141005_df2_20140727_1242_199 painted lady butterfly feeding on teasel flowers (1st of 2014 - not seen since 2009) (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Aug 2019
at 15:49 Image of day on 23 Sep 2019
Many years we don't see Painted Lady Butterflies at all, but this year has been 'bumper'.
This one on Teasel (where we are mostly seeing them) looks so delicate when perched above the spikes.
Ref: 20190923_df3_20190802_1549_141 painted lady butterfly feeding on teasel flowers 3 of 3 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20151005_da1_20150802_1352_467+1240+273_ft1 painted lady butterfly in flight + thistle flower (montage))(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
Ref: 20090823_da1_20090714_1037_075+1101_217 ft1 painted lady butterfly in flight with small thistle & soldier beetles (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20151010_df3_20150807_0953_026 painted lady butterfly moving proboscis between teasel flowers(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090905_db1_20090730_1002_020 painted lady butterfly on dew-wet grass(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170811_df3_20170617_0821_065 painted lady butterfly on privet flowers (at farm entrance)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140927_df2_20140722_1016_174 3 peacock butterflies feeding on 3 teasel heads (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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