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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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