Thursday, 1 August 2013

Fresh out of the Chrysalis

Judging by the bent wing tips on this Red Admiral below, I think I was fortunate enough to have discovered it on the same day as it had emerged from its chrysalis. When I found it on a Hawthorn bush it didn't venture very far and returned to the bush or pitched on the grass bank nearby. Normally this butterfly would have been on the wing and certainly not remaining in the same location for very long unless feeding, which it wasn't.






26 comments:

  1. And the cycle starts over again! Nice find Roy...[;o)

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  2. Hi Roy Once again a beautifully shot butterfly. The colours in these butterflies are stunning. I actually photos a Butterfly yesterday and some ? bees and will out them in a post maybe in a few days time. I certainly will not know the names of the? bees so perhaps you can help in that please.

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  3. Oh, how exciting! Such simple pleasures!! I have a Black Swallowtail caterpillar that I'm watching every day! I've become so attached to it that I will be sad when it one day isn't there anymore.

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    1. Hope a bird doesn't get to it first Karen.

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  4. loving all the butterflies you post Roy

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  5. Hey Roy...I need to get out and do some searching for some butterfly now that the weather is fit to enjoy, this is one I haven't seen this summer!!
    Nice shot's and good timing as I know that I have chased one of these around!!
    Grace

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  6. heel mooi de tekening en de kleuren,geweldig.

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  7. I remember seeing a mass emergence many years ago .. the wings were still wet .. it was an amazing experience.

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    1. Something I have never seen Frank.

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  8. Hello Roy!
    Yes quite surprising to see such wings on a butterfly!
    I see this very often with dragonflies but most of the time it is due to an emergence problem from the exuvia (or chrysalis in the case of lepidos).
    Maybe it took too much time for this individual to get out soon enough before part of its wings started to dry out.
    An interesting catch anyhow!
    Cheerio, keep well!

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    1. Hi Noushka, thanks for your expert knowledge.
      I guess nature doesn't always happen as it should do.

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  9. Went to Tyneham today which is at Worbarrow Bay, saw a couple of Red Admirals fluttering out over the sea, leaving us already I think :(

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    1. Hi Lyn, so the range must be open for you to get to Worbarrow.

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  10. It is now some days quite hot in the Netherlands but now suddenly I see a lot more butterflies. Not in the heat of the day but the morning and evening. You have also a very nice series of Atalanta.

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  11. Nice pictures from a very fresh Atatlanta. Lucky you!

    Regards,
    Marianne

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  12. The range opened on 1/8. Although the beach was cleaned up earlier in the Spring, they have an annual clean up, but there was rubbish on the beach including a broken glass bottle, a little bit depressing to see. We have some beautiful coves along the coast but they attract rubbish. One cove, the Chapmans Pool, was really bad that I visited a couple of years ago, I could not believe how bad it was. I did enjoy the Tyneham Village, seeing the old photos and little stories of people who used the live there, especially in the church.

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    1. Yes the old village is very nice to see Lyn.
      The rubbish, thats the problem with the English Channel, everything goes through there and a lot of rubbish gets thrown overboard. Its a shame, as you say there are some really nice coves along the coast line.

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  13. A wonderful series of photos Roy, this is a beautiful butterfly.

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