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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
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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
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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.
Ref: 20180714_d72_20180603_1552_033 speckled wood butterfly female 1st brood (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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