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Butterflies Page 18
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.
Ref: 20130818_da1_20130707_1307_022+1332_088_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight with thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090802_db1_20090630_1746_019 speckled wood butterfly in pool of sunshine on leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20080930_dc1_20080914_0948_023 speckled wood butterfly on buttercup leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Aug 2013
at 10:30 Image of day on 22 Oct 2013
The understated beauty of the Speckled Wood butterfly.
Ref: 20131022_a77_20130826_1030_016 speckled wood butterfly on great willow herb leaf (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20131029_a77_20130901_1058_053 speckled wood butterfly on iris frond drinking from pond & brilliantly camouflaged (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20070929_p34_20070902_1007_876 speckled wood butterfly on willow leaves(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150609_df3_20150418_1454_295 speckled wood butterfly recently emerged from chrysalis(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180730_df3_20180615_0938_080 speckled wood butterfly resting on blackberry stem(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20181214_df3_20181022_1306_031 speckled wood butterfly with 2 small bird pecks(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20081005_p34_20080918_1103_744 speckled wood butterfly with hawthorn berries (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image of day on 07 Aug 2005
A slight tatty Speckled Wood butterfly on Blackberry.
Ref: 20050807_p20_1020815 speckled wood on blackberry 2005jul28_17-52-08(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150529_df3_20150409_1536_266 tortoiseshell butterfly (right) courting peacock butterfly in cherry blossom (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170823_df3_20170705_1353_190 tortoiseshell butterfly and comma butterfly sharing buddleia flowers(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20070919_d01_20070826_1120_194 tortoiseshell butterfly drinking from pond(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20170816_df3_20170624_1525_022 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding from clump of moist soil(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20131016_a77_20130825_1745_519 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on white buddleia 3 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140511_df2_20140330_1219_006 tortoiseshell butterfly on blossom(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20120925_df1_20120817_1615_064 tortoiseshell butterfly on buddleia (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20150530_df3_20150414_1220_175 tortoiseshell butterfly on overgrown shingle(r+mb id@768).jpg
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
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.
Ref: 20170811_df3_20170617_0818_048 tortoiseshell butterfly on privet flowers at north of farm entrance(r+mb id@768).jpg
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