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Butterflies Page 27

Image Taken on 02 Jul 2020 at 17:44    Image of day on 02 Aug 2020

A Small skipper Butterfly feasts on a clover flower.

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Image Taken on 15 Jul 2011 at 16:02    Image of day on 19 Aug 2011

First sighting of a Small Skipper Butterfly here enjoying the thistle flowers.

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2023 at 08:27    Image of day on 02 Sep 2023

A female Small Skipper Butterfly perched delicately on the delicate grass seed head.

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Image Taken on 01 Jul 2016 at 17:53    Image of day on 15 Aug 2016

Lots of Small Skipper Butterflies about at the moment.

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Image Taken on 01 Jul 2016 at 14:46    Image of day on 15 Aug 2016

Lots of Small Skipper Butterflies about at the moment.

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2006 at 15:50    Image of day on 12 Aug 2006

Less spectacular than many, the skipper butterfly is smaller and holds its wings in a characteristic way.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2009 at 15:30    Image of day on 26 Jul 2009

Among the hoards of Meadow Brown butterflies are a few Small skipper butterflies. Normally seen perched with the wings slightly raised & top wing partly hidden, this spread wings view explains the orange shimmer as they fly.

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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2014 at 17:45    Image of day on 01 Sep 2014

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies 'courting'. We saw this behaviour again inside a blackberry tangle, but these were on the slate that keeps the rain off the camera window of a photo site. The brown fur beneath them includes some skin and is quite coarse - we think it might be from a badger skirmish we know nothing about.

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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2021 at 12:08    Image of day on 03 May 2021

Our first sighting of a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly this year - a species that hibernates through the winter. This one is remarkably pristine for 6 months old.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2014 at 16:10    Image of day on 13 Sep 2014

This year we have a good number of Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies. Here one is feeding on a thistle flower, surrounded by 3 Red Soldier Beetles. While checking our IDs, we found the Beetles described as the 'Hogweed Bonking Beetle' - a name very appropriate to how we often see them!

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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2021 at 10:48    Image of day on 16 Oct 2021

Here on the Yellow Buddleia is a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2014 at 10:58    Image of day on 07 Sep 2014

A small Tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on Blackberry flowers. There seems to have been a resurgence of this butterfly this year.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2021 at 15:28    Image of day on 05 Aug 2021

The Privet hedge along some of the access track has several butterflies enjoying the nectar. Here a Small Tortoiseshell.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2020 at 12:55    Image of day on 11 Jul 2020

The underside of the wings of the Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly is quite different to the top of the wings, providing camouflage for the resting insect.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2018 at 10:10    Image of day on 07 Aug 2018

The flowers on the Privet hedges barely last a couple of weeks. The Butterflies make the most of it. This is a Small Tortoiseshell probing a floret.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2018 at 09:43    Image of day on 30 Jul 2018

The Privet Flowers are out, and this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is making the most of the nectar.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2014 at 16:31    Image of day on 22 Aug 2014

Years ago we saw these Small Tortoiseshell butterflies in hundreds down our young Hawthorn hedges. Nowadays we are delighted to see even one, and here it is feeding on some just opened Privet flowers.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2011 at 12:22    Image of day on 07 Aug 2011

A visitor in declining numbers is the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Here are 2 images of the top wing and underwing of the same insect on the same thistle flower although the lighting has changed a bit.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 13:06    Image of day on 24 Oct 2015

We have not seen many Tortoiseshell butterflies this year, but it was all we COULD find in the middle of this day. Here is a montage of two flights arranged to show both sides of the wings.

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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 chance.

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