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Butterflies Page 14

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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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2010 at 16:18    Image of day on 05 Nov 2010

And now a Red Admiral butterfly.

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 09:42    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

A pristine batch of Red Admiral butterflies have emerged, and we caught a couple to photograph. The first was taken in flight at a moment that shows both top and bottom of the wings.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2006 at 15:26    Image of day on 04 Oct 2006

This year the fallen apples have attracted dozens of Red admiral butterflies.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2006 at 13:35    Image of day on 01 Nov 2006

Surprised to see a few Red Admiral Butterflies about even on a sunny and not too cold day this late in the year.

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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2006 at 11:00    Image of day on 07 Oct 2006

This Red Admiral Butterfly was in a pool of sunlight that makes it glow.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:17    Image of day on 24 Sep 2006

A pair of images (second tomorrow) that show a Red Admiral Butterfly with wings closed and then momentarily opened

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:17    Image of day on 25 Sep 2006

A pair of images (first yesterday) that show a Red Admiral Butterfly now with wings momentarily opened.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:44    Image of day on 20 Aug 2016

Our first Red Admiral Butterfly this year, warming itself on the afternoon sun-warmed wall of our garage.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2016 at 18:10    Image of day on 22 Oct 2016

An almost pristine Red Admiral Butterfly warming itself nicely centred on a leaf in the sunshine. Ahh!

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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2009 at 12:45    Image of day on 25 Oct 2009

Not much by way of butterflies on show now - just the odd tatty speckled wood. So this lovely Red admiral has to be counted as a bonus.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2012 at 16:13    Image of day on 25 Oct 2012

This year we have had a lovely and atypical show of 10 or 20 at once of Red Admiral butterflies. We normally see them on our Yellow Buddleia, but this one was basking on a River Birch tree (Betula nigra) which is apparently a USA native. Anyway, we were taken by the colour contrasts.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2016 at 13:42    Image of day on 11 Oct 2016

Atypically choosing this long flowering yellow Buddleia while the white variety is still in flower, a Red Admiral Butterfly feeds and shows the underside of the wings.

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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2007 at 09:57    Image of day on 28 Oct 2007

17yrs ago we inherited a buddleia that flowers for months after the others finish. Here the original plant (though much propagated) is providing nectar for a Red Admiral Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 09:00    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

At 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
A Red Admiral Butterfly with it's proboscis (just left of the more obvious leg resting on the fruit) deep down in the not-quite ripe Blackberry berry.

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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2017 at 16:11    Image of day on 30 Oct 2017

The Red Admiral has chosen an old piece of Breeze Block that holds shut the broken lid of a tool storage 'bunker' to warm itself in the weak sunshine.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2011 at 14:42    Image of day on 17 Aug 2011

On the trackside privet hedge 4 Ringlet butterflies were having a scrummage of mating rights - we suspect 1 female and 3 males.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2011 at 14:45    Image of day on 17 Aug 2011

3 minutes later - 'The winner takes it all'.
Butterflies mate joined back to back.

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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2014 at 15:58    Image of day on 01 Sep 2014

A pair of Ringlet Butterflies mating in the hedge by our access track.

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