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Butterflies Page 18

Image Taken on 04 Oct 2009 at 09:18    Image of day on 03 Nov 2009

At 09:20 on a breezy and chilly (11C) early October day this little beauty unexpectedly fluttered down to this thistle leaf right to sun itself.
It is a variant of the normal Small Copper butterfly that has with blue spots on the hind wings.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2013 at 16:30    Image of day on 28 Sep 2013

Small Copper butterflies have only visited here in the last few years and provide a welcome splash of colour.

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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2011 at 16:30    Image of day on 31 Aug 2011

The rear underwing of the Small Copper butterfly is different to the other 3 surfaces on each side, undoubtedly to provide camouflage when at rest.

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2010 at 10:40    Image of day on 25 Nov 2010

Out on the bridleway with coats on, this Small Copper butterfly was sunning itself on the ground. This is the normal form, rather than the blue-spotted variant we photographed in the same month last year

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Image of day on 02 Aug 2005

First sighting of a Small Copper butterfly here, this one rather nicely poised on a buttercup flower.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2011 at 16:12    Image of day on 19 Aug 2011

Second sighting (the first was already bird pecked) of a Small Copper Butterfly down on a fresh flower in the mostly withering clover.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2006 at 16:17    Image of day on 05 Oct 2006

The Small copper butterfly first appeared here briefly last year. It has returned this year are is here taking nectar from the poisonous ragwort (presumably the nectar is not poisonous, or the butterfly is resistant).

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2011 at 16:17    Image of day on 31 Aug 2011

Concentrating on the intended subject it is easy to overlook what else is going on. The photo being taken was of the Small Copper Butterfly but we only later noticed also the grasshopper (below the butterfly's Proboscis) and 5 Red Soldier Beetles, 1 under the butterfly on the right, and 4 more in the next flower along, one pair mating as usual.

Ref: 20110831_df1_20110717_1617_111 small copper butterfly on thistle + grasshopper + 5 common red soldier beetles (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Jul 2015 at 12:27    Image of day on 25 Sep 2015

A pair of Small heath butterflies mating on a grass stem. They often fly about in this configuration - we had to wait for them to land to get this image.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2016 at 09:29    Image of day on 07 Aug 2016

Here a Small Heath Butterfly sips his fill.

Ref: 20160807_df3_20160628_0929_027 small heath butterfly (1st of 2016) feeding on oxeye daisy (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Jul 2013 at 18:04    Image of day on 04 Sep 2013

Sharing a thistle flower for a moment, this pair of mating Soldier Beetles are joined for a few seconds by a Small Skipper Butterfly collecting supper.

Ref: 20130904_df1_20130718_1804_042 small skipper butterfly & mating pair of soldier beetles on thistle flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 12 Jul 2015 at 13:07    Image of day on 11 Sep 2015

Here this Skipper, a type of small butterfly, and two different hoverflies gorge on the nectar of a Thistle flower.

Ref: 20150911_df3_20150712_1307_001 small skipper butterfly + hoverfly (syrphus ribesii) + marmalade hoverfly on thistle flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 15 Jul 2011 at 16:02    Image of day on 19 Aug 2011

First sighting of a Small Skipper Butterfly here enjoying the thistle flowers.

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Image Taken on 01 Jul 2016 at 17:53    Image of day on 15 Aug 2016

Lots of Small Skipper Butterflies about at the moment.

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Image Taken on 01 Jul 2016 at 14:46    Image of day on 15 Aug 2016

Lots of Small Skipper Butterflies about at the moment.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2006 at 15:50    Image of day on 12 Aug 2006

Less spectacular than many, the skipper butterfly is smaller and holds its wings in a characteristic way.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2009 at 15:30    Image of day on 26 Jul 2009

Among the hoards of Meadow Brown butterflies are a few Small skipper butterflies. Normally seen perched with the wings slightly raised & top wing partly hidden, this spread wings view explains the orange shimmer as they fly.

Ref: 20090726_da1_20090627_1530_013+1545_085 ft1 small skipper in flight with oxeye daisy (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 20 Jun 2014 at 17:45    Image of day on 01 Sep 2014

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies 'courting'. We saw this behaviour again inside a blackberry tangle, but these were on the slate that keeps the rain off the camera window of a photo site. The brown fur beneath them includes some skin and is quite coarse - we think it might be from a badger skirmish we know nothing about.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2014 at 16:10    Image of day on 13 Sep 2014

This year we have a good number of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies. Here one is feeding on a thistle flower, surrounded by 3 Red Soldier Beetles. While checking our IDs, we found the Beetles described as the 'Hogweed Bonking Beetle' - a name very appropriate to how we often see them!

Ref: 20140913_df2_20140708_1610_129 small tortoiseshell butterfly + 3 red soldier beetles on thistle heads (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 30 Jun 2014 at 10:58    Image of day on 07 Sep 2014

A small Tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on Blackberry flowers. There seems to have been a resurgence of this butterfly this year.

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