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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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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018 at 17:31    Image of day on 21 Aug 2018

A Ringlet Butterfly feeding on a Blackberry flower.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 13:31    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

Out in the sunshine our meadow has an atypically large number of this attractive Ringlet butterfly. In flight the wing blur gives the impression is of a dark purple, and every year takes us by surprise when we see it perched or caught 'motionless' as here.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:37    Image of day on 05 Oct 2015

A Ringlet Butterfly is a subtly beautiful creature we see a few of in most years.
tiny slit of wing was missing & it really spoilt the effect, so 'photoshopped' a small 'repair'.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 13:15    Image of day on 05 Sep 2015

A Ringlet Butterfly, a delicate butterfly even by butterfly standards, is easily recognised by the distinctive rings pattern.


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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2010 at 12:43    Image of day on 07 Aug 2010

And here against a Hawthorn hedge backdrop where we also see them.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 16:30    Image of day on 07 Aug 2010

Ringlet Butterflies are new to us here in the last few years and this year are in good numbers. This is the insect in flight with the low clover flowers they tend to flitter between.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 11:21    Image of day on 26 Aug 2014

Ringlet Butterflies have just emerged and were fluttering around the flowers of a privet hedge.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2009 at 14:23    Image of day on 31 Jul 2009

The ringlet butterfly is one of those quiet little browns that rewards a closer look.


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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2013 at 13:14    Image of day on 21 Aug 2013

The Ringlet butterfly is an attractive brown butterfly.


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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2011 at 14:37    Image of day on 17 Aug 2011

Ringlet butterflies have only been regular visitors for a couple of years, with more appearing each year. This one likes the blackberry flowers.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 15:20    Image of day on 09 Aug 2018

A Ringlet butterfly poised delicately on a Hop Sedge frond.


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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2009 at 09:18    Image of day on 03 Nov 2009

At 09:20 on a breezy and chilly (11C) early October day this little beauty unexpectedly fluttered down to this thistle leaf right to sun itself.
It is a variant of the normal Small Copper butterfly that has with blue spots on the hind wings.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2013 at 16:30    Image of day on 28 Sep 2013

Small Copper butterflies have only visited here in the last few years and provide a welcome splash of colour.


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