Friday, 22 May 2015

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Peacock (Inachis io) - Female (left), Male (right)




After some considerable time with the male following the female about on the ground, the female flew off closely followed by the male.


Female Large White (Pieris brassicae)





Female Green-veined White (Pieris napi).




Female Small White (Pieris rapae)



To easily identify the difference from a Small White compared to a Large White (the size notwithstanding, which is not so obvious in the field sometimes). With the Large White, the dark tip on the forewing extends down the side of the wing, whereas it doesn't on a Small White.

26 comments:

  1. Hi Roy. These are all beautiful butterfly images.

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  2. Another lovely selection of images Roy.
    Things have started to build up nicely on the butterfly front just now, we'll soon be spoiled for choice on where to point the camera!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, hopefully we will, although I cant say I have seen many of any of the ones that should be in flight as yet.

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  3. Bonsoir Roy
    Quelle série extraordinaire.
    Jolie parade de Paon du jour !
    Bravo

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  4. Nice to see, Orange tips have been out to day...
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amanda, I have still not seen many OT's yet.

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  5. I'm going to have to work quite hard to get butterflies into my garden Roy, as I hardly see any here compared with my last home. Great images.

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    1. Thanks Suzie. Are you too close to the Sea perhaps.

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  6. Hey Roy.... Lovely shot's, and those Peacock butterflies are sure colorful. My favorites are the soft colors, especially the one on the white blossoms.
    Not seeing much of anything here for butterflies. Hope things get better.

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, they are pretty common so we are lucky they are around most of the time.
      Not much seen yet on the butterfly front.

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  7. Gorgeous photos of the butterflies!

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  8. Beautiful butterfly photos, Roy. I didn't know you could tell the male from the female Peacocks! I shall have to look that up. Also enjoyed your Pasque flowers, something I've never seen in the wild. :-)

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    1. Thanks Mandy.
      You need amazing eyesight.???? {:))

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    2. Well I have learned to tell male from female Swallowtails but the proof is in the anal claspers (!!), otherwise they look identical. I wonder if it is the same with the Peacocks? I haven't looked it up yet..... :-) But of course with my raised Swallowtails I was able to take a good look before they were able to fly off!

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    3. From what I can see from various images is the male's trailing inner wings appear to be straighter across than the female which is a more pronounced V shape. Thats a 'definite maybe' anyway.{:))

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  9. You've really seen a lot of beautiful butterflies Roy. The peacock and the Whites are also amazing butterflies to see!

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  10. Stunning! That´s all it comes to my mind... seeing these photos...

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