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Butterflies Page 26

Image Taken on 09 Jul 2013 at 13:14    Image of day on 21 Aug 2013

The Ringlet butterfly is an attractive brown butterfly.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2011 at 14:37    Image of day on 17 Aug 2011

Ringlet butterflies have only been regular visitors for a couple of years, with more appearing each year. This one likes the blackberry flowers.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2020 at 09:28    Image of day on 19 Aug 2020

This is a Ringlet Butterfly sunning itself in the morning sunshine

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 15:20    Image of day on 09 Aug 2018

A Ringlet butterfly poised delicately on a Hop Sedge frond.

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2009 at 09:18    Image of day on 03 Nov 2009

At 09:20 on a breezy and chilly (11C) early October day this little beauty unexpectedly fluttered down to this thistle leaf right to sun itself.
It is a variant of the normal Small Copper butterfly that has with blue spots on the hind wings.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2013 at 16:30    Image of day on 28 Sep 2013

Small Copper butterflies have only visited here in the last few years and provide a welcome splash of colour.

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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2011 at 16:30    Image of day on 31 Aug 2011

The rear underwing of the Small Copper butterfly is different to the other 3 surfaces on each side, undoubtedly to provide camouflage when at rest.

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2020 at 13:29    Image of day on 08 Nov 2020

In previous years Small Copper Butterflies have been very much an occasional sighting - this year there are several at various places in the meadow and along the access track. This is a female ...

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2020 at 16:17    Image of day on 08 Nov 2020

... and this a male Small Copper Butterfly. The tip of one wing has been bird pecked or damaged on a thorn or similar.

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2010 at 10:40    Image of day on 25 Nov 2010

Out on the bridleway with coats on, this Small Copper butterfly was sunning itself on the ground. This is the normal form, rather than the blue-spotted variant we photographed in the same month last year

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Image of day on 02 Aug 2005

First sighting of a Small Copper butterfly here, this one rather nicely poised on a buttercup flower.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2011 at 16:12    Image of day on 19 Aug 2011

Second sighting (the first was already bird pecked) of a Small Copper Butterfly down on a fresh flower in the mostly withering clover.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2006 at 16:17    Image of day on 05 Oct 2006

The Small copper butterfly first appeared here briefly last year. It has returned this year are is here taking nectar from the poisonous ragwort (presumably the nectar is not poisonous, or the butterfly is resistant).

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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2011 at 16:17    Image of day on 31 Aug 2011

Concentrating on the intended subject it is easy to overlook what else is going on. The photo being taken was of the Small Copper Butterfly but we only later noticed also the grasshopper (below the butterfly's Proboscis) and 5 Red Soldier Beetles, 1 under the butterfly on the right, and 4 more in the next flower along, one pair mating as usual.

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Image Taken on 26 Sep 2020 at 12:49    Image of day on 12 Nov 2020

The weather is turning generally colder, but a bit of sunshine and desperation to make the most of their last days means butterflies and Dragonflies make appearances near the middle of the day.
This is a Small Copper Butterfly - you normally see the orange upper wing but here we see the subtle appearance of just the underside of the rear wing with touches of the orange showing through.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2015 at 12:27    Image of day on 25 Sep 2015

A pair of Small heath butterflies mating on a grass stem. They often fly about in this configuration - we had to wait for them to land to get this image.

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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2016 at 09:29    Image of day on 07 Aug 2016

Here a Small Heath Butterfly sips his fill.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2022 at 09:26    Image of day on 31 Jul 2022

The first sighting of a Small Heath Butterfly this year - choosing a piece of wind-blown rubbish to perch on :-(

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Image Taken on 18 Jul 2013 at 18:04    Image of day on 04 Sep 2013

Sharing a thistle flower for a moment, this pair of mating Soldier Beetles are joined for a few seconds by a Small Skipper Butterfly collecting supper.

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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2015 at 13:07    Image of day on 11 Sep 2015

Here this Skipper, a type of small butterfly, and two different hoverflies gorge on the nectar of a Thistle flower.

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