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Butterflies Page 22

Image Taken on 14 Apr 2022 at 13:00    Image of day on 17 May 2022

Butterflies tend to look for somewhere already warm to bask. This means they make for the ugliest human surfaces that they can find!

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2023 at 10:04    Image of day on 21 Sep 2023

A Peacock Butterfly perched on a ground-level thistle leaf. When you are small enough, all those sharp spines become just a bit of 'texture'.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2016 at 13:19    Image of day on 22 May 2016

A peacock Butterfly contrasting itself with the brilliant yellow of a cultivated Daffodil. The butterfly is in good condition considering that it will have spent the winter somewhere safe while waiting for the Spring!

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2022 at 08:04    Image of day on 03 Sep 2022

A more 'classical' view of the Peacock Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 14:38    Image of day on 01 Oct 2017

A Peacock Butterfly sunning itself on the clover.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2014 at 17:41    Image of day on 27 Sep 2014

Here on a Buddleia this Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly down the centre of one of the florets. The Proboscis is a figure of 8 cross-section which stops it getting in a tangle when it rolls it up.

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Image Taken on 30 Jul 2015 at 17:53    Image of day on 25 Sep 2015

This Peacock Butterfly has it's proboscis clearly inside the solitary remaining flower at the top of this teasel head.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2014 at 11:00    Image of day on 11 May 2014

A welcome but very tatty Peacock Butterfly, awake after hibernating through the winter, ready to do the all important business of making a new generation.

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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2016 at 15:52    Image of day on 20 Jul 2016

A rather faded Peacock Butterfly (that will have overwintered) nevertheless makes a beautiful splash of colour with the delicate blue of Green Alkanet flowers.

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Image Taken on 13 Oct 2020 at 13:00    Image of day on 26 Nov 2020

Well away from the universally loved yellow Buddleia, these Red Admiral Butterflies, along with wasps and Greenbottles, drinks the juice of a fermenting fruit. Apparently Butterflies can get drunk from fermenting fruit, and get so woozy that you can pick them up.
The butterfly on the left has had a couple of bird pecks on the wing.
Red Admirals used always to migrate south for the winter or succumb to the cold, But recent mild winters allow them to overwinter, even been seen flying in December and January, so our recent unexpected sightings are a trend. Greenbottles were forever disturbing the butterflies - you can see another one flying in upper lefti

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2023 at 08:50    Image of day on 16 Sep 2023

We are delightfully 'awash' with Red Admiral Butterflies in numbers we don't ever remember seeing before. Here are two feasting on a Teasel flower with the two rings of flowers now working their way up and down.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2017 at 12:57    Image of day on 05 Sep 2017

We seem to have more than usual Red Admiral Butterflies this year, increasing the chance of 2 on the same teasel at once, even if for only a few seconds. The insect on the right is pristine, but the other seems to have been around for longer and had time to get caught in the beak of a bird, escaping by leaving a bit of it's wing in the beak.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:29    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

2 Red Admiral butterflies resting on some weed seed heads tangled in some the branches of a young plum tree. Although they show well here we hadn't noticed the one on the right until the one on the left landed next to it. Black is usually a very good camouflage, except in snow!

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 10:33    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

We offered the pair a feed on a yellow buddleia flower (on which we netted one of them) and took the opportunity for some portraits.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2020 at 16:12    Image of day on 29 Oct 2020

A pristine Red Admiral Butterfly.
Next stop the south coast for a mass-migration to Europe.

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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2020 at 12:41    Image of day on 26 Jul 2020

A Red Admiral Butterfly warms itself in the afternoon sunshine.

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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2020 at 10:52    Image of day on 12 Nov 2020

A surprise was to find 3 pristine Red Admiral Butterflies feeding from the flowers on the top of a 3m high Yellow Buddleia that came with the house 30 years ago.
This Buddleia is so vigorous that we take it down to 'knee' height when the flowers have finally been stopped by the first frost. It is a 'magnet' for butterflies and moths at the end of each flowering season.

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

Several Red Admiral butterflies were sunning themselves on the orchard apple and plum trees. The rotting & fermenting fallen fruit attracts a variety of butterflies to feed and sometimes get a little 'drunk'!

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014 at 13:27    Image of day on 18 Nov 2014

A detail from the above.

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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2008 at 16:16    Image of day on 03 Nov 2008

We found and photographed this beautiful butterfly Chrysalis without knowing the species. Next day we brought it into our insect rearing tank to observe it ...

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