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Butterflies Page 14

Image Taken on 11 Aug 2018 at 12:56    Image of day on 06 Oct 2018

This year we have seen more white butterflies (Large and Small) than we normally see over several years. This pair seemed intent on mating, didn't actually finish the job in front of us, and finally took off together to make one of their beautiful fluttering spirals into the blue and over the trees out of view.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 17:38    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

A pair of Large White Butterflies spiralling into the sky in a mating ritual.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2015 at 15:49    Image of day on 11 Sep 2015

A Marbled White Butterfly feeding on a thistle flower.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2011 at 09:57    Image of day on 07 Aug 2011

Thistles are an invasive plant that needs to be controlled, but they certainly attract butterflies.
We have only previously recorded a marbled White butterfly in 2008. This year a few of them are a delightful sight flitting over the flowers.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2020 at 15:03    Image of day on 26 Jul 2020

A pair of Meadow Brown Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. There are hundreds of this species about at the moment.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2013 at 09:05    Image of day on 05 Sep 2013

The hot weather has produced a show of perhaps 100 of various 'brown' butterflies over our meadow. Here are a pair of Meadow Brown butterflies mating - you can see the coupling of the abdomens just below the inverted V where their wings cross at the bottom.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2011 at 11:58    Image of day on 22 Aug 2011

A pair of Meadow Brown butterflies mating artistically positioned across a grass stem in a shape reminiscent of the lover's Heart.
Butterflies mate 'tail to tail'.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2019 at 14:25    Image of day on 12 Aug 2019

A pair of Meadow Brown butterflies flew past us in tandem (coupled at the tail ends as you see here) and landed on this grass stem to continue their tryst. We took a few photos and left them to do their 'thing'.

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Image Taken on 21 Jun 2022 at 12:58    Image of day on 08 Aug 2022

A pair of mating Meadow Brown Butterflies enjoy the highlight of their short lives.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2021 at 15:51    Image of day on 05 Aug 2021

A pair of Mating Meadow Brown Butterflies enjoying themselves on an Oxeye Daisy flower.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2011 at 10:24    Image of day on 02 Aug 2011

4 in one
This time a single frame containing what we thought was 3 insects turned out to contain not just a Meadow Brown butterfly and 2 skippers sharing a flower, but a winged ant flying by and casting a shadow on the butterflies wing it was about to land on.

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Image Taken on 10 Jun 2018 at 15:04    Image of day on 22 Jul 2018

The first Meadow Brown this year, enjoying a Buttercup.
Love the contrast of Orange, dark (shaded) and sunlit yellow.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2019 at 12:36    Image of day on 12 Aug 2019

A Meadow Brown butterfly feeds on another delight of early summer - swathes of Ox-eye Daisies.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 16:12    Image of day on 12 Sep 2017

A meadow Brown Butterfly extracting nectar from one of the many florets on this Oxeye Daisy.

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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2016 at 09:31    Image of day on 30 Aug 2016

A Meadow Brown butterfly enjoying the nectar from a thistle.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2017 at 12:29    Image of day on 07 Sep 2017

By the margin of the Iris dominated main pond quite a lot of Water Mint grows, and this Meadow Brown Butterfly has arrived to feed on the flowers.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 15:37    Image of day on 20 Aug 2019

A meadow Brown Butterfly shows us the bottom (left) and top (right) of its wings. The differing colours flicker in flight and can be momentarily confusing.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2020 at 09:12    Image of day on 19 Aug 2020

A Meadow Brown enjoying the same source of Nectar.

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Image Taken on 19 Jun 2011 at 10:24    Image of day on 02 Aug 2011

Next frame the ant had landed (sort of).

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2006 at 09:38    Image of day on 11 Aug 2006

Coiled like a watch spring below and left of its head the feeding proboscis will soon be uncoiled and back in action.

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