Beautiful Butterflies

Saturday, September 13th 2014

As the next date for the beginning of autumn draws near (21st September give or take a day - the autumn equinox) insects and butterflies are making the most of the flowers that are in bloom.

The numbers of Peacock butterflies have declined over the last week, but some can still be seen feeding on Devil's Bit Scabious.  Honest, there is a Devil's Bit Scabious flower under this butterfly.

Peacock Butterfly

Red Admiral's prefer Hemp Agrimony and often several can be seen on one clump of flowers.

Red Admiral butterfly on Hemp Agrimony

The other butterfly most likely to be seen around the flowers, at this time of year, is the Small Tortoiseshell. However they have not cooperated in having their photograph taken recently, so here is one taken in August.  

Small Tortoiseshell Buttefly

Speckled Wood butterflies are seen in the sunny glades and areas around the reserve, often two or three displaying to defend their territorries.

Speckled Wood butterfly

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