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Butterflies Page 15

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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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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