Tuesday, 18 March 2014

First Spring Butterflies


Having recently visited the local Woodland Reserve where no images of butterflies were observed, I decided to return the next day when brilliant sunshine and some warmth should encourage the Spring butterflies out into the open.

Sure enough I found four species as shown below. 

Brimstone





Small Tortoiseshell 





Peacock



Comma



34 comments:

  1. I've seen several Brimstones but not much else yet - but it can't be long now till the others appear. It's all rather different from last March!

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    1. Thanks John, yes it certainly is.{:))

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  2. What a difference the sun makes. Lovely pix, Roy. I haven't seen any commas this year, so you're one up on me.

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  3. each is glorious in it's own right Roy; lovely photographs

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  4. Hello Roy

    Extra !
    There is plenty to do in the world of lepidoptera in your area !
    Colors, lights and spring.

    bravo

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    1. Thanks Nathalie, yes I am hoping for a good year.

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  5. It looks like you are going to have a good butterfly year. Keep 'em coming.

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  6. Aha. You managed to find some. I haven't see any Commas as yet.

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    1. I really had to hunt for the Comma John, the others were easier.

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  7. Super set of images Roy, you did well to get the Brimstone 'perched'...the ones that I've seen (mostly males) have been non stop zooming around like they're on an important mission !!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes they must have something to do.{:))

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  8. A lovely sight to see Roy.
    That Brimstone is a beauty.

    I've only seen a couple so far; an overwintering Peacock, that woke up, and a Small Tortoiseshell.

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    1. Thanks Keith, yes it was one warm day, not seen much since though.

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  9. Good to see! We've spotted the odd one while out walking. Hope the promised cold doesn't set them back too much.

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    1. Thanks Alison, yes the forecast doesn't look that good for a few days.

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  10. Beautiful photos of the butterflies. I love the Brimstone feeding from the dandelion. I've been fortunate to see all these as well in the last few days, plus a couple of Speckled Woods. I hope it keeps warm and dry so that we have a good butterfly spring.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, its turning a little colder for a few days. I have not seen a Speckled Wood yet.

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  11. geweldig zoveel vlinders al en zo mooi,p.s. ook je header mag er zijn.

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  12. It's a nice butterfly-related collection of colours and shapes. :)
    I also like the beauty of the dandelion, it's still too cold here for them to start growing.

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  13. I have heard you've been having some nice weather. Glad to see you're making the most of it with these lovely finds. Spring won't be too long and I hope our latest snowfall is the last of it. I can't wait to see the butterflies fluttering by again.

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    1. The temperature certainly has gone up recently Denise, but short lived Im afraid, for few days anyway.

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  14. HI Roy What a wonderful series of butterflies, all great shots. It is wonderful how the sun brings them out. I have seen a Red Admiral in N.Ireland on Saturday but it was speeding so no chance of a shot. Looking forward to seeing more butterflies this year.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, yes hopefully plenty of butterflies.{:))

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  15. Hey Roy... What a joy to be seeing butterflies again, they are absolutely stunning photo !!

    Grace

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  16. No commas for me yet, apparently orange tips are emerging early. I reckon we are about 6 weeks ahead of 2013

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    1. It makes a change from last year Simon when we were about 6 weeks behind.{:))

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