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Butterflies Page 24
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.
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
Image Taken on 22 Jun 2019
at 10:17 Image of day on 12 Aug 2019
The Tortoiseshell Butterflies have created their next generation.
This one was feeding on Privet flowers, and we show here the completely
different upper and lower wing surfaces. On the right the flowers are 'burnt
out' in order that you see some details on the really dark bottom of the wing.
Ref: 20190812_df5_20190622_1017_170+172 tortoiseshell butterfly on privet flowers showing top and bottom of wings (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Sep 2019
at 12:21 Image of day on 26 Oct 2019
What used to be seen by the hundred here, this lone Tortoiseshell Butterfly
perches on the edge of a small sunflower.
Ref: 20191026_df3_20190902_1221_026 tortoiseshell butterfly on small sunflower petal tip(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20161011_e65_20160823_1342_031 tortoiseshell butterfly on yellow buddleia(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 10 May 2019
at 15:59 Image of day on 11 Jun 2019
This Tortoiseshell Butterfly has lost some of it's scales, but has mostly
avoided the birds. After stoking up on this Dandelion it will continue the
search for a mate.
Ref: 20190611_df5_20190510_1559_096 tortoiseshell butterfly overwintered and faded feeding on dandelion (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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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