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Butterfly and Bees

Discussion in 'Wildlife Gallery' started by wind1, Aug 6, 2016.


  1. wind1

    wind1 PetForums VIP

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    I have spent most of the day trying to get a photo of a butterfly in the garden. Every time I get near to one it flies away. This is the best I could do, I was a long way from it so have zoomed it in. The quality is not good!
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    My bees are only slightly better!
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  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    A lovely Red Admiral. :) We've had quite a few emerge this week
     
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    Ohhhh gorgeous :)

    I've only seen one this year (flew in the lounge last weekend but managed to steer it out again :))

    Had to cut down my buddleia a couple of years back and really miss the hoards of butterflies that I used to get in the garden to visit it
     
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    I thought it was a red admiral. it's one of the only ones I know. I've had lots of white ones, which I thought were called cabbage white but looking on a list of butterflies I can't see a cabbage white? I also had a small brown spotty one which I think is a fritillary, don't know which one though and a tiny little blue one. Would love to have photo's to show but as I said, they hear me coming and scarper!
     
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  5. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    there are quite a few different white butterflies and I'm not sure which is which :Shamefullyembarrased

    Fritillaries are usually quite big butterflies, could it have been a Comma?

    Most of the blues around here are Holly blues this year but normally the Common Blue is more prolific. Haven't seem many Common blues this year at all.

    Around here it's definitely been the year of the Marbled White and the Purple Hairstreak, both of which haven been quite scarce in previous years
     
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    Looking at pictures of a Comma it didn't look like that. It didn't have the wing shape. The markings looked just like the Fritillary's but they say the colour is orange and this one was definitely brown. It was just a bit smaller than the Red admiral. The blue one looks like it was a Holly Blue.
     
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    Speckled Wood possibly? They're brown and spotty.
     
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  8. wind1

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    I live in the South and the info I read on Speckled Woods says we don't get them here so I don't think it was that.
     
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    I live in the South and Speckled Woods are one of the commonest butterflies. I see 1000s every year.
    Where did you get your info?

    http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=aegeria
     
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    wind1 PetForums VIP

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    That will teach me to read things properly! I got the info from the site you have linked to and read this line

    'It is also found in the west and north of Scotland, but is absent from the south, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.'

    That's probably what it was then.
     
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  11. rona

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    :D :D

    Here's one of a 50 odd I saw this morning ;)
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  12. just a zoologist

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    how cool the bee looks when they taking their food from flowers
     
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