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Butterflies Page 17

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 21 Aug 2018 at 12:50    Image of day on 09 Oct 2018

In the crop field margin we found this very tatty Small White Butterfly feeding from what we identify as a Lesser Burdock plant.


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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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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 15:40    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

Speckled Wood butterflies like the edges of our woodland rather than the areas of full sun or shade.


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 13:13    Image of day on 15 Oct 2017

This Speckled Wood Butterfly was a fairly cooperative flyer. These are 3 different flights montaged together. The right view is of the 'top' of the wings while the centre and left images are from below.


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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2012 at 14:08    Image of day on 23 Oct 2012

There are far fewer of these Speckled Wood Butterflies this year than usual, but this one provided a couple of separate in-flight portraits we decided to show as a single image.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2009 at 14:38    Image of day on 23 May 2009

In the last couple of years speckled wood butterflies have moved from occasional sightings to the most common butterfly here. Unfortunately the previous holder of that title - the Small Tortoiseshell - is becoming a once in a while siting. Anyway, this slightly tatty individual make a nice pic with lilac.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:24    Image of day on 08 Oct 2010

This is a speckled wood - the dominant butterfly LAST year and quite common this year.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 15:21    Image of day on 26 Aug 2014

In a patch of sunshine in the woodland where we have been seeing them for year, we found a few freshly emerged Speckled Wood butterflies (even if this one already has a bird peck).


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 13:07    Image of day on 18 Aug 2013

Of the 3 speckled wood butterflies we tried to photograph in flight, only this slightly damaged (possibly bird pecked) individual was a really cooperative flyer.


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