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Butterflies Page 23

Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 10:10    Image of day on 07 Aug 2018

The flowers on the Privet hedges barely last a couple of weeks. The Butterflies make the most of it. This is a Small Tortoiseshell probing a floret.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2018 at 09:43    Image of day on 30 Jul 2018

The Privet Flowers are out, and this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is making the most of the nectar.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2014 at 16:31    Image of day on 22 Aug 2014

Years ago we saw these Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in hundreds down our young Hawthorn hedges. Nowadays we are delighted to see even one, and here it is feeding on some just opened Privet flowers.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2011 at 12:22    Image of day on 07 Aug 2011

A visitor in declining numbers is the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Here are 2 images of the top wing and underwing of the same insect on the same thistle flower although the lighting has changed a bit.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 13:06    Image of day on 24 Oct 2015

We have not seen many Tortoiseshell butterflies this year, but it was all we COULD find in the middle of this day. Here is a montage of two flights arranged to show both sides of the wings.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 16:04    Image of day on 27 Jul 2009

Just this one Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen so far this year was fluttering from buttercup to buttercup. The hedges used to be awash with them. Instead we now have hundreds of Meadow Browns and still dozens of Speckled wood. We don't know whether the change is down to climate, our management, natural variation or chance.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:57    Image of day on 22 Aug 2010

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies used to be abundant here, but we now see 'a few'. The underwing is a completely different dark brown.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:39    Image of day on 28 Jul 2006

You normally see the Small tortoiseshell butterfly with the orange yellow and black patterned upper wing. This is the underwing - good camouflage.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2006 at 17:09    Image of day on 15 Jul 2006

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly on Blackberry flower. After a dearth of this insect for the last few years it is nice to see them again.

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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2018 at 12:16    Image of day on 26 Oct 2018

A Pristine Small Tortoiseshell butterfly perched on the ground level leaves of one of the few remaining flowering Dandelions. This species overwinters so we may (but probably wont) see this individual next Spring.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2020 at 09:30    Image of day on 11 Jul 2020

A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly warming in the sunshine on some dead grass along a crop border

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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2014 at 12:15    Image of day on 13 Nov 2014

A chance single tiny purple Buddleia flower in a patch growing through brambles by the garage attracted this pristine Small Tortoiseshell butterfly for a feed. This insect will hibernate for the winter and re-appear in the Spring to breed.

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Image Taken on 04 Jul 2018 at 14:51    Image of day on 21 Aug 2018

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly decorating one of hundreds of thistles in a 20m stretch along the side of the oil seed rape crop. We saw about 50 of mostly Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on this stretch - more than we have seen at once for many years.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2016 at 14:55    Image of day on 10 Sep 2016

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were at one time in our hedges in hundreds, but we now see them mainly in the 'meadow' and its surrounds in ones and twos. But a lovely splash of colour!

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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2018 at 15:54    Image of day on 29 Aug 2018

A pair of Small White Butterflies flew by us 'in tandem' and landed on this leaf to continue their assignation.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2021 at 12:35    Image of day on 01 Sep 2021

This year seems to have been exceptional for Small White Butterflies with dozens at a time fluttering over the meadow.
Perhaps they like the farmers bean crop!
Here 4 of them spiralling upwards in the sunshine in a fluttering courtship ritual.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2018 at 12:50    Image of day on 09 Oct 2018

In the crop field margin we found this very tatty Small White Butterfly feeding from what we identify as a Lesser Burdock plant.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2015 at 09:45    Image of day on 17 Nov 2015

A few late Butterflies are gracing the plot - this one was by the side of the main pond enjoying the nectar from a Water Mint flower.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018 at 17:32    Image of day on 20 Aug 2018

Here is a Small white Butterfly enjoying a Blackberry flower. Without the cue of scale, you can most easily tell Large and Small white butterflies apart by the area of black at the wing tip.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 08:58    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

Before 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
A Small White Butterfly (that is the common species name) is tackling a Blackberry flower.

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