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Butterflies Page 15

Image Taken on 23 Aug 2008 at 13:42    Image of day on 08 Sep 2008

Apparently our plethora of peacock butterflies is not typical this year. This one was basking on a mat of thistle seed down on the ground.

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Image of day on 12 Aug 2005

A Peacock Butterfly yet to encounter bramble thorns, bird pecks and other ravages of life.

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Image Taken on 01 Apr 2012 at 16:15    Image of day on 02 May 2012

This Peacock butterfly will have overwintered and will hope to pair up with another hibernator to lay this years eggs.

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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2007 at 17:46    Image of day on 07 May 2007

The plant 'Self-Heal' has gone rampant this year. The Peacock Butterfly (which will have hibernated away the winter) has a welcome feed.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2006 at 17:35    Image of day on 06 Aug 2006

Peacock butterflies are very common but beautiful nonetheless.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2006 at 18:09    Image of day on 31 Jul 2006

Teasels are all over the place and attract all sort of nectar feeders.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2016 at 13:19    Image of day on 22 May 2016

A peacock Butterfly contrasting itself with the brilliant yellow of a cultivated Daffodil. The butterfly is in good condition considering that it will have spent the winter somewhere safe while waiting for the Spring!

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 14:38    Image of day on 01 Oct 2017

A Peacock Butterfly sunning itself on the clover.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

Here on a Buddleia this Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly down the centre of one of the florets. The Proboscis is a figure of 8 cross-section which stops it getting in a tangle when it rolls it up.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2015 at 17:53    Image of day on 25 Sep 2015

This Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly inside the solitary remaining flower at the top of this teasel head.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2014 at 11:00    Image of day on 11 May 2014

A welcome but very tatty Peacock Butterfly, awake after hibernating through the winter, ready to do the all important business of making a new generation.

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2016 at 15:52    Image of day on 20 Jul 2016

A rather faded Peacock Butterfly (that will have overwintered) nevertheless makes a beautiful splash of colour with the delicate blue of Green Alkanet flowers.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 12:57    Image of day on 05 Sep 2017

We seem to have more than usual Red Admiral Butterflies this year, increasing the chance of 2 on the same teasel at once, even if for only a few seconds. The insect on the right is pristine, but the other seems to have been around for longer and had time to get caught in the beak of a bird, escaping by leaving a bit of it's wing in the beak.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:29    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

2 Red Admiral butterflies resting on some weed seed heads tangled in some the branches of a young plum tree. Although they show well here we hadn't noticed the one on the right until the one on the left landed next to it. Black is usually a very good camouflage, except in snow!

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 10:33    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

We offered the pair a feed on a yellow buddleia flower (on which we netted one of them) and took the opportunity for some portraits.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

Several Red Admiral butterflies were sunning themselves on the orchard apple and plum trees. The rotting & fermenting fallen fruit attracts a variety of butterflies to feed and sometimes get a little 'drunk'!

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

A detail from the above.

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2008 at 16:16    Image of day on 03 Nov 2008

We found and photographed this beautiful butterfly Chrysalis without knowing the species. Next day we brought it into our insect rearing tank to observe it ...

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2010 at 12:47    Image of day on 25 Nov 2010

We have a yellow Buddleia that has always kept flowering until the first air frost. We seem to have a solitary Red admiral around the plot that is a regular on these flowers. Here it is rolling up it's proboscis after feeding on nectar - there is still a drop of fluid at the top of the curve.

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Image Taken on 15 Oct 2008 at 08:33    Image of day on 03 Nov 2008

... and here is the emerged insect - a Red Admiral butterfly. Released when the weather improved in the afternoon, we saw it around for several days feeding on our autumn flowers. Click to see a Red Admiral top view taken in 2006.

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