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Butterflies Page 25
Image Taken on 22 Apr 2018
at 13:45 Image of day on 07 Jun 2018
A male Small White Butterfly (commonly called Cabbage White) stops off for a
re-fuel on this Dandelion flower.
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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2019
at 08:30 Image of day on 12 Sep 2019
An early morning Small White Butterfly makes a visit to an early-opening
Convolvulus flower surrounded by several still closed after the night.
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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2019
at 12:36 Image of day on 26 Sep 2019
A Small White Butterfly perched on a Stinging Nettle leaf.
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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2012
at 10:28 Image of day on 09 Nov 2012
Not MANY insects this atypical year, but those we have are staying about longer than usual.
Here a Small White Butterfly enjoying nectar from the last few Water Mint flowers.
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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2021
at 12:35 Image of day on 01 Sep 2021
The four Small White Butterflies quickly split into 2 pairs - this is a montage of
one of the pairs now fluttering downwards in close formation, the male (above)
casting his shadow on the female.
Ref: 20210901_d73_20210722_1235_038+039 small white butterfly pair courtship flight - male shadowing female 1+2 of 2 (montage @ 10fps)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 23 Sep 2014
at 09:59 Image of day on 28 Nov 2014
In the last warm days of summer this pair of Speckled Wood butterflies
fluttered around each other in a pool of woodland light.
We love watching this, and sometimes try to capture the feeling as here.
Ref: 20141128_df2_20140923_0959_023-030 2 speckled wood butterflies courting in shaft of sunlight 1+2+3-6 (accurate montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Aug 2020
at 09:48 Image of day on 06 Oct 2020
A pair of Speckled Wood Butterflies in a courtship flight.
Read right to left in pairs, accurately positioned at 10 fps.
Ref: 20201006_d73_20200824_0948_019-021 2 speckled wood butterflies courtship flight 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage right to left @ 10fps)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Jul 2021
at 17:47 Image of day on 05 Aug 2021
The second crop of Speckled Wood Butterflies seems to be emerging.
They may be just every brown imaginable, but we find them beautiful.
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Image Taken on 27 Apr 2021
at 12:52 Image of day on 22 May 2021
24 hours later this Speckled Wood butterfly provide a clear view of
the underside of the wings.
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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2020
at 12:35 Image of day on 18 Aug 2020
A Speckled Wood butterfly sunning itself around mid-day.
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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2016
at 10:22 Image of day on 11 Oct 2016
A Speckled Wood Butterfly on a blackberry leaf in a tiny shaft of sunlight
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Image Taken on 16 Jun 2015
at 10:23 Image of day on 17 Aug 2015
We have had a few sightings of Speckled Wood butterflies at the woodland edge,
but this is the first time we had an opportunity for a decent photo.
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Image Taken on 26 Apr 2021
at 12:30 Image of day on 22 May 2021
Our first sighting 2021 of a Speckled Wood Butterfly - once they arrive we tend
to see them for months, mostly at the woodland edges.
Ref: 20210522_d73_20210426_1230_010 speckled wood butterfly (1st of 2021)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Aug 2019
at 16:08 Image of day on 07 Oct 2019
This days particular juicy foods attracts an assortment of insects.
Ref: 20191007_d36_20190815_1608_008_fb4 speckled wood butterfly + flies + wasps on freshly baited tree-stump(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Apr 2019
at 11:07 Image of day on 31 May 2019
In a shaft of sunlight in the woodland, both a Speckled Wood Butterfly (in
remarkably good condition after over-wintering) and a small Spider (unidentified)
warm themselves on an otherwise chilly day.
Ref: 20190531_df5_20190430_1107_066+067 speckled wood butterfly and spider in leaf litter (acc montage for focus)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018
at 15:52 Image of day on 14 Jul 2018
We know the Speckled Wood butterfly so well, but only when perched with it's
wings open. So this one actually puzzled us for a while in a patch of dappled sunlight.
Ref: 20180714_d72_20180603_1552_033 speckled wood butterfly female 1st brood (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017
at 15:40 Image of day on 10 Aug 2017
Speckled Wood butterflies like the edges of our woodland rather than the
areas of full sun or shade.
Ref: 20170810_da1_20170618_1540_489+1543_507_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in 2 flights + blackberry flowers (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017
at 13:13 Image of day on 15 Oct 2017
This Speckled Wood Butterfly was a fairly cooperative flyer. These are 3
different flights montaged together. The right view is of the 'top' of the wings
while the centre and left images are from below.
Ref: 20171015_da1_20170828_1313_068+1319_077+1315_071+1534_080_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in 3 flight with blackberry fruits (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 07 Sep 2012
at 14:08 Image of day on 23 Oct 2012
There are far fewer of these Speckled Wood Butterflies this year
than usual, but this one provided a couple of separate in-flight
portraits we decided to show as a single image.
Ref: 20121023_da1_20120907_1408_035+1409_044+1534_127_ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight showing both sides of wing with buddleia (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 01 May 2009
at 14:38 Image of day on 23 May 2009
In the last couple of years speckled wood butterflies have moved
from occasional sightings to the most common butterfly here.
Unfortunately the previous holder of that title - the Small
Tortoiseshell - is becoming a once in a while siting. Anyway,
this slightly tatty individual make a nice pic with lilac.
Ref: 20090523_dc1_20090501_1438_078+1543_214 ft1 speckled wood butterfly in flight showing top of wing with lilac blossom (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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