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Butterflies Page 16

Image Taken on 17 Jun 2014 at 16:31    Image of day on 22 Aug 2014

Years ago we saw these Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in hundreds down our young Hawthorn hedges. Nowadays we are delighted to see even one, and here it is feeding on some just opened Privet flowers.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2011 at 12:22    Image of day on 07 Aug 2011

A visitor in declining numbers is the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Here are 2 images of the top wing and underwing of the same insect on the same thistle flower although the lighting has changed a bit.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 13:06    Image of day on 24 Oct 2015

We have not seen many Tortoiseshell butterflies this year, but it was all we COULD find in the middle of this day. Here is a montage of two flights arranged to show both sides of the wings.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 16:04    Image of day on 27 Jul 2009

Just this one Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen so far this year was fluttering from buttercup to buttercup. The hedges used to be awash with them. Instead we now have hundreds of Meadow Browns and still dozens of Speckled wood. We don't know whether the change is down to climate, our management, natural variation or chance.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:57    Image of day on 22 Aug 2010

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies used to be abundant here, but we now see 'a few'. The underwing is a completely different dark brown.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:39    Image of day on 28 Jul 2006

You normally see the Small tortoiseshell butterfly with the orange yellow and black patterned upper wing. This is the underwing - good camouflage.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:09    Image of day on 15 Jul 2006

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Blackberry flower. After a dearth of this insect for the last few years it is nice to see them again.

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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2014 at 12:15    Image of day on 13 Nov 2014

A chance single tiny purple Buddleia flower in a patch growing through brambles by the garage attracted this pristine Small Tortoiseshell butterfly for a feed. This insect will hibernate for the winter and re-appear in the Spring to breed.

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Image Taken on 04 Jul 2018 at 14:51    Image of day on 21 Aug 2018

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly decorating one of hundreds of thistles in a 20m stretch along the side of the oil seed rape crop. We saw about 50 of mostly Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on this stretch - more than we have seen at once for many years.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2016 at 14:55    Image of day on 10 Sep 2016

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were at one time in our hedges in hundreds, but we now see them mainly in the 'meadow' and its surrounds in ones and twos. But a lovely splash of colour!

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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2018 at 15:54    Image of day on 29 Aug 2018

A pair of Small White Butterflies flew by us 'in tandem' and landed on this leaf to continue their assignation.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2015 at 09:45    Image of day on 17 Nov 2015

A few late Butterflies are gracing the plot - this one was by the side of the main pond enjoying the nectar from a Water Mint flower.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018 at 17:32    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

Here is a Small white Butterfly enjoying a Blackberry flower. Without the cue of scale, you can most easily tell Large and Small white butterflies apart by the area of black at the wing tip.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 08:58    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

Before 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
A Small White Butterfly (that is the common species name) is tackling a Blackberry flower.

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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2018 at 13:45    Image of day on 07 Jun 2018

A male Small White Butterfly (commonly called Cabbage White) stops off for a re-fuel on this Dandelion flower.

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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2012 at 10:28    Image of day on 09 Nov 2012

Not MANY insects this atypical year, but those we have are staying about longer than usual. Here a Small White Butterfly enjoying nectar from the last few Water Mint flowers.

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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2014 at 09:59    Image of day on 28 Nov 2014

In the last warm days of summer this pair of Speckled Wood butterflies fluttered around each other in a pool of woodland light. We love watching this, and sometimes try to capture the feeling as here.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2016 at 10:22    Image of day on 11 Oct 2016

A Speckled Wood Butterfly on a blackberry leaf in a tiny shaft of sunlight

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Image Taken on 16 Jun 2015 at 10:23    Image of day on 17 Aug 2015

We have had a few sightings of Speckled Wood butterflies at the woodland edge, but this is the first time we had an opportunity for a decent photo.

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018 at 15:52    Image of day on 14 Jul 2018

We know the Speckled Wood butterfly so well, but only when perched with it's wings open. So this one actually puzzled us for a while in a patch of dappled sunlight.

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