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Butterflies Page 24
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
Ref: 20090727_da1_20090624_1604_233+20090623_1513_171 ft1 small tortoiseshell butterfly in flight with buttercup (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
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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.
Ref: 20060728_d10_20060714_1239_857 small tortoiseshell butterfly on blackberry (underwing)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20141113_df2_20140902_1215_100 small tortoiseshell butterfly on last purple buddleia flower (adjusted crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180821_df3_20180704_1451_131 small tortoiseshell butterfly on thistle flowers at edge of crop(r+mb id@768).jpg
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!
Ref: 20160910_df3_20160722_1455_042 small tortoiseshell butterfly on thistles(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 26 Aug 2021
at 11:15 Image of day on 07 Oct 2021
A pair of Small White Butterflies mating in the morning sunshine.
Ref: 20211007_d73_20210826_1115_006-1116_021 small white butterflies courting and mating (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180829_d72_20180709_1554_040 small white butterflies mating (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Sep 2021
at 12:33 Image of day on 17 Oct 2021
The number of white butterflies about this year far exceeds any previous experience.
Here are two Small White Butterflies feeding from the same flower.
Ref: 20211017_df3_20210903_1233_021 2 small white butterflies sharing single blackberry flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20210901_d73_20210722_1235_028 4 small white butterflies spiralling upward in courtship flight(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20181009_df3_20180821_1250_024 small white butterfly (very tatty) on lesser burdock flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20151117_df3_20150917_0945_011 small white butterfly feeding from water mint flower (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180820_d72_20180703_1732_094 small white butterfly feeding on blackberry flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20161028_df3_20160909_0858_059 small white butterfly feeding on blackberry flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Apr 2021
at 12:48 Image of day on 29 May 2021
A small white butterfly feeds on the Lady's smock (Cuckoo flower) that the deer have not eaten.
Ref: 20210529_d73_20210427_1248_111+1249_114 small white butterfly feeding on ladys smock (cuckoo flower) flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Aug 2021
at 17:37 Image of day on 07 Oct 2021
This sprig of Oxford Ragwort seems to have escaped the attention of Cinnabar
caterpillars, and this Small White butterfly is enjoying the flower's nectar.
Although the plant itself is poisonous, the flowers offer genuine poison-free offerings
to get their pollen distributed.
Ref: 20211007_df3_20210824_1737_080 small white butterfly feeding on oxford ragwort flower (crop 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Jul 2021
at 09:59 Image of day on 18 Aug 2021
A Small White Butterfly enjoying a feed from the Privet flowers.
Make the most of them - they only flower for a few days!
Ref: 20210818_df3_20210705_0959_031 small white butterfly female first brood on privet flowers(r+mb id@576).jpg
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