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Butterflies Page 18
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.
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.
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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
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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2015
at 12:13 Image of day on 09 Jun 2015
An unusually tidy Tortoiseshell butterfly, for an over-wintered
individual, on a piece of rotting wood. The wings are at about a
right angle to one another so look foreshortened in this top
view. We have been surprised by how much dead wood we get from
such a young wood - several trees have died for no easily
determined reason (and others from known 'plagues') though most
are fine. Unless there is risk to creatures, fences, ponds or
adjacent plants we tend to leave them as they become 'insect
cafes' for many species. If we have to cut them we add them to
wood-piles all over the site for the same purpose.
Ref: 20150609_df3_20150421_1213_232 tortoiseshell butterfly perched on dead wood with wings at about 45 degrees(r+mb id@768).jpg
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