Sunday, 30 June 2013

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

A very encouraging sign.




I have observed a few of these now in the last week. I did see the first one of the year back in mid March. There was a lot of reports that this species was in decline in the previous couple of years and the numbers had suffered badly due to the inclement weather. Hopefully they are starting to recover, if the sightings I have had is anything to go by.






24 comments:

  1. These seem to be one butterfly that's bucking the trend this year, I've read and heard that they're putting on a good showing at the moment!

    Excellent set of images Roy...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, I think they are recovering quite well as I have seen a few this year as opposed to none last year.

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  2. Hi Roy This is such a beautiful butterfly adn you have captured it wonderfully as usual but the first shots is my favorite. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Margaret

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    1. Hi Margaret, I just found you comments in the spam area. Thanks.

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  3. These butterflies are lovely with the colour on the edge of their wings. Lovely photos.

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  4. How do you get such fantastic pictures? That's really encouraging news let's hope it carries on that way. We're still massively down on butterfly numbers here (hampshire).

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    1. Thanks CT, you have to sneak up on them.{:))

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  5. it's really beautiful isn't it; the orange/rusts are so vivid

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    1. Thanks Carole, yes one of our really nice looking species.

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  6. A beautiful butterfly indeed!
    Great pics, Roy!
    I have had many on the thyme flowers up to now!
    Cheers enjoy your WE!

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    1. Thanks Noushka. The numbers I have seen this year are certainly encouraging from the big fat '0' of last year.

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  7. heerlijke serie van de kleine vos hij staat er heel mooi op.

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  8. Beautiful :-) I haven't seen many lately but the specimen in your photos is absolutely stunning !

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  9. Nice to see this beauty, Roy.

    I have seen one recently but it was nearer to you than me.

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  10. Thanks Frank, I was lucky with this one.

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  11. Hey Roy....I wasn't sure if I pushed publish when I comment on this post yesterday, and looks like I did't : )!!
    Of course I was insanely jealous that you had another butterfly ; )
    Very nice colors ..my favorite is the third from the top, because you can see those hairs on the back so well, great shot!!
    I also like the second from the last with the nice pitch, and the last with the nice wing spread!!
    Grace

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  12. Cracking shots Roy, especially the first and last.

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  13. Especially the second picture of this little fox I find beautiful. It is also a very beautiful butterfly with beautiful design and colors. Compliment.

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