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Butterflies Page 26
Image Taken on 26 Aug 2007
at 11:20 Image of day on 19 Sep 2007
While 'yesterdays' dragonfly was hawking this butterfly came down
to drink. We half expect the dragonfly to attack it (yes - they
can catch & eat butterflies on the wing) but it didn't.
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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2019
at 13:30 Image of day on 05 Sep 2019
The camouflaged underside of the Tortoiseshell butterfly blends well
with the foliage which the orange top side does not. Safer to feed like this then.
Ref: 20190905_df3_20190716_1330_010 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding from blackberry flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Jun 2017
at 15:25 Image of day on 16 Aug 2017
An unusual good show of Tortoiseshell butterflies over the meadow includes this one
with the proboscis down in a lump of moist soil, probably extracting useful
minerals that it doesn't get from it's 'fuel' diet of nectar.
Ref: 20170816_df3_20170624_1525_022 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding from clump of moist soil(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 09 Jul 2021
at 15:09 Image of day on 18 Aug 2021
The Blackberry flowers are now abundant, and this Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
isn't going to skip the opportunity.
Ref: 20210818_d73_20210709_1509_105 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on blackberry flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 25 May 2020
at 10:50 Image of day on 19 Jun 2020
While this Tortoiseshell Butterfly is feeding on a Blackberry flower the
photographer has time to move round to get these two different perspectives on
the same event. On the right you can see the proboscis reaching down into the flower.
Ref: 20200619_df3_20200525_1050_026+034 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on flower (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Aug 2013
at 17:45 Image of day on 16 Oct 2013
A pristine Tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on our trusty white Buddleia flowers.
After several years of very low numbers it is nice to see several again.
Ref: 20131016_a77_20130825_1745_519 tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on white buddleia 3 of 4 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20140511_df2_20140330_1219_006 tortoiseshell butterfly on blossom(r+mb id@768).jpg
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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