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Butterflies 2020

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by MJB, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    It's going to be a funny butterfly season this year. It's looking like the Duke of Burgandy will be out of bounds for me and I cant see me getting the elusive Purple Emporer in early summer. Not much in the way of deciduos woodland within walking distance, so it's going to be garden varieties and chalk downland species for the main. Here's the first two proper shots for this year:

    Green-veined White:



  2. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Still sticking to the farm and adjoining nature reserve. so lucky to have access to these habitats within a mile of home.

    Wall Brown.

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  3. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Well my Wall Brown sighting has caused a bit of a stir. I've just been contacted by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to tell me it's the first ever recording of that species at the Dunscombe Bottom nature reserve.
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  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It seems to be getting quite rare.

    edit: yours is a better image than I found offered when looking it up!
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  5. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Like most butterflies they're quite scarce at a national level, but can be quite numerous at a local level. Being on the edge of the army ranges means the small clusters are joined by suitable habitat, so the potential is there for species to spread.
  6. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Good day on our walk today. Here's where we were.The army camp is 400 yards from home:


    Several species seen including Orange-tip, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Wall Brown and...

    Dingy Skipper:


    Green Hairstreak:


    Marsh Fritillary:

  7. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    That's a seriously pretty plant the dingy skipper is on, too!
  8. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    It's Milkwort.
  9. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I can look it up now.
  10. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Very nice. How did you manage with the wind? It has been breezy here.
  11. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Winds have been quite light here. My biggest challenge was the dopey dog.
  12. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Dogs do tend to bugger photography plans up quite well. If I am out with mine, I tend to forget about photos (mind you, ours has to be on a lead)
  13. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Our pup is great at flushing out butterflies. It's so much easier to spot them in flight and then see where they land. It's when I contort myself into a position to get the angle I want that she has to investigate what I'm doing. For 5 months old she's pretty good though.

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  14. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    A day for the blues today.Walked up through the nature reserve and up onto the army ranges.

    Adonis Blue:


    Small Blue:


    ...and a Common Blue pic in Appraisals.
  15. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Couple of weekends ago when I went for a long, long, long walk through some lovely spaces near the canal, I took some pictures of some butterflies and reminded myself that I have *NO CLUE* how you achieve this.


    Not a scooby.

    It's clearly magic.
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  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I can tell you that buying the 100-400 L ii doesn’t, in itself, help.

    Magic, pure magic.
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  17. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I can add being burnt at the stake for witchcraft as a risk I take when going out now!
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  18. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Tremendous stuff as usual. :)
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  19. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Tough day today. Hot, bright sun saw the butterflies really active and no need to open their wings for warmth.

    Here's today's venue. 40% of the UK's unimproved chalk grassland is on Salisbury Plain. This is just a fraction of it:


    Brown Argus (which is actually a 'blue'):

    brown argus.jpg

    Adonis Blue, but could be a Common Blue.

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  20. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Day off today, so back to the ranges. This time it was the other side of the road to last week which is more hawthorn scrub than open grassland.


    Same as last week the heat had made the butterflies really active, so we saw lots but photographed few.

    Brown Argus.

    brown argus.jpg

    Male Common Blue nectaring on Horseshoe Vetch.

    nectaring blue.jpg

    Female Common Blue.


    Small Heath.

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