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Speckled wood butterfly (side)
Speckled woods are allegedly quite common in the UK, but they're also rather shy so I've never had the opportunity to be this close to one before. I think this one is female. It was enjoying a repast of raspberries up at the more tangly end of our garden.

+1, clear view of wing pattern )
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Small tortoiseshell butterfly
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We hadn't seen many butterflies this year until the past week, when it suddenly got warm. I was starting to worry because the oregano was in full bloom and our usual swarm of small tortoiseshells hadn't turned up yet. They have now (and there was much rejoicing). Prior to that I'd only seen the occasional cabbage white, a single peacock and a solitary painted lady, which was never around when I had my camera out.

I spent a pleasant half hour trying to get the perfect shot of one of the tortoiseshells. This is SOOC (straight off of camera, uncropped and unedited), and I'm pretty happy to have captured it.
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The oregano, up until the recent spate of wet and windy weather, was smothered in butterflies. I've counted six small tortoiseshells, two gatekeepers, a comma, a peacock and this small skipper on our modestly sized plant at once, along with many bees (bumble and honey), flies and beetles. Sometimes I don't know where to point my lens, I'm so spoiled for choice.
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The toddler and I followed this large white butterfly from flower to flower for about fifteen minutes on this very sunny morning.
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The oregano is in bloom again, and the bees and the butterflies are all over it! Today we spotted two small tortoiseshells and a comma feasting on it. Managed to get a good capture of the comma.
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There are at least two orange tips battling it out for ownership of our garden. I hardly ever see them settle because they're always sparring, so catching one perched fleetingly on an iris leaf was a rare pleasure.
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Vibrant peacock butterfly on one of our poor snail-munched white hyacinths.

I was surprised to see this, and a small tortoiseshell, flitting around our garden so early in April.

+1 )
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Finally managed to nab a shot of a gatekeeper sipping from an oregano blossom with its wings open. They tend to perch with their wings folded up. (Click to embiggen.)
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Since it started flowering, the oregano has proven to be a strong rival to the lavender in our garden for attracting insect visitors. This comma stayed the whole weekend.

Comma with bonus gatekeeper butterfly )
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Ringlet moth butterfly sitting on web-strewn aquilegia leaves. Click to view full-size - I was really happy with the level of detail the precise focus brought out in this photo.
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[Macro shot of a small tortoiseshell butterfly sitting on a sprig of lavender.]

The lavender in our garden has just started to open and attract beautiful visitors. (Rural Worcestershire, England, UK)
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- May flowers (but no mayflowers) and the lifecycles of lepidoptera and gall wasps: details in rollovers or click through to flickr.

Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja.

01 Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja,  Worcestershire 05-14

Horse chestnut tree flowers, Aesculus hippocastanum, and horse chestnut leaf-miner moth, Cameraria ohridella. :-(

Flowers, moths, and wasps, 9 more small images. )
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Large White butterflies, Pieris brassicae. The first is female, on burdock, and the second is male, on greater knapweed. Note the female's tongue bending down into the flower in the first image, and the male's unusual perching stance and EYES in the second.

Large White, Pieris brassicae, female, on Burdock, Arctium lappa, Worcestershire 08-13

Another butterfly and a ladybird. )
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I've seen all of these butterflies in the last couple of weeks but some of the photos are from last year. The ones that got away were several speckled wood butterflies, which are brown with yellow spot markings (link to google image search results).

5 more small images )

Holly blue butterfly, Celastrina argiolus, male.

A butterfly with bright blue open wings, perched on green ivy leaves

Flutterbyes! )
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At tai chi, which my group practice outside, we were outnumbered by peacock butterflies (Inachis io), who flew around us and occasionally perched on us, so when we'd finished I grabbed my camera and chased them through the buddleia. The one I capped, probably a male, is this year's adult but has already faded from its brightest red and metallic blue. Adult wingspan is about 6.5 to 7cm (so the images on this page are about lifesize). The larvae/caterpillars are generally black and always spiky. More details and images here @ ukbutterflies.

Red peacock butterfly, with eyed wings, on pink and green buddleia bush, 1

Three more similar images. )

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