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Butterflies Page 18

Image Taken on 30 Jun 2009 at 17:46    Image of day on 02 Aug 2009

Speckled wood butterflies have been on the wing now for a couple of months. This nice example landed in the only pool of sunlight near us. Before that a more tatty example in flight from several weeks ago.



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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2008 at 09:48    Image of day on 30 Sep 2008

We have had huge numbers of Speckled wood butterflies this year for what seems to have been the whole summer. First seen this year 4 June 2008 - about 14 weeks so far.


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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2013 at 10:30    Image of day on 22 Oct 2013

The understated beauty of the Speckled Wood butterfly.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2013 at 10:58    Image of day on 29 Oct 2013

We saw this Speckled Wood butterfly fly down to water level for a drink. To our eyes only about 8 metres away it was camouflaged so well we needed a monocular or camera zoom to see it.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2007 at 10:07    Image of day on 29 Sep 2007

Welcome annual return of what has become one of our regulars now the wood is more established - a speckled wood, here sunbathing on a willow leaf.


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Image Taken on 18 Apr 2015 at 14:54    Image of day on 09 Jun 2015

Our first Speckled Wood Butterfly of the year. They overwinter in Chrysalis form to emerge in Spring, unlike Peacock, Tortoiseshell & Brimstone butterflies that overwinter as adults, and can wake up very tatty and bleached.


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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2018 at 09:38    Image of day on 30 Jul 2018

A Speckled Wood Butterfly as we normally see them, wings at least partially open.


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Image Taken on 22 Oct 2018 at 13:06    Image of day on 14 Dec 2018

What may be the last Butterfly we see this year, sunning itself on an Autumn leaf. We assumed that these overwintered as adults like several other resident butterfly species, checked, and found that:-
    Speckled Wood - There are 2 - 3 generations a year and the
    butterfly can overwinter as either a caterpillar or as a pupa.



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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2008 at 11:03    Image of day on 05 Oct 2008

Speckled wood butterflies are the dominant butterfly species here this year - here on hawthorn.


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Image of day on 07 Aug 2005

A slight tatty Speckled Wood butterfly on Blackberry.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2015 at 15:36    Image of day on 29 May 2015

We had noticed a Tortoiseshell butterfly chasing a peacock butterfly with amorous intent. Here on a Cherry tree the Tortoiseshell continued to make amorous advances on this totally unsuitable object of affection.


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2017 at 13:53    Image of day on 23 Aug 2017

Next to each other on this Buddleia flower head a Small Tortoiseshell and Comma Butterflies quietly share the food for several minutes. Note the white 'comma' on the underside of the Comma Butterfly on the right that gives it it's name.


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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2007 at 11:20    Image of day on 19 Sep 2007

While 'yesterdays' dragonfly was hawking this butterfly came down to drink. We half expect the dragonfly to attack it (yes - they can catch & eat butterflies on the wing) but it didn't.


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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2017 at 15:25    Image of day on 16 Aug 2017

An unusual good show of Tortoiseshell butterflies over the meadow includes this one with the proboscis down in a lump of moist soil, probably extracting useful minerals that it doesn't get from it's 'fuel' diet of nectar.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2013 at 17:45    Image of day on 16 Oct 2013

A pristine Tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on our trusty white Buddleia flowers. After several years of very low numbers it is nice to see several again.


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Image Taken on 30 Mar 2014 at 12:19    Image of day on 11 May 2014

Considering that this insect is about 6 months old after winter hibernation, its in pretty good condition, here feeding on the blossom.


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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2012 at 16:15    Image of day on 25 Sep 2012

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly finally appears. 10 years ago we had hundreds of these at once along the hedges enjoying the bramble flowers, but the numbers have gradually reduced to the odd sighting. We still have the bramble flowers - how little we understand of species dynamics.


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2015 at 12:20    Image of day on 30 May 2015

Butterflies seem to be doing very well here this Spring. Many are in much better condition than normal after their winter vigil - the winter was unusually benign. A few years after we planted our hedges we saw hundreds of Tortoiseshell Butterflies on the various hedge blossoms. Last year we hardly saw any, but already we have seen a decent number. This Tortoiseshell butterfly was sunning itself on a piece of weed infested shingle that has probably got nice and warm.


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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2017 at 08:18    Image of day on 11 Aug 2017

Here is one of about 20 pristine Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies feeding on a Privet flower at the Road entrance to the local farm. Being surrounded by many fluttering butterflies was something not experienced since the 1990s at freshly growing Blackberry hedges.
Seeing Privet as a good nectar source when permitted to flower will change the way we manage the 10m or so along our concrete track.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2016 at 13:42    Image of day on 11 Oct 2016

Atypically choosing this long flowering yellow Buddleia while the white variety is still in flower, a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly glows even against the orangey flowers.


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