Sunday, 28 July 2013

Butterflies are Back

They said that they were endangered but after the last few weeks of sunny weather our garden is once again full of flutter.

I photographed these three within ten minutes of each other and I almost added a Small Tortoiseshell to the collection but it was too quick for me.

A Peacock Butterfly soaking up the sun



A Gatekeeper on the window sill

A Small White fluttering its wings

What kind of butterflies are fluttering though your garden right now?

37 comments:

  1. Those are so lovely!!! We tend to mostly get Monarchs - which are stunning :)

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    1. Monarchs are lovely and we do get them here but not while I was out with my camera.

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  2. Now that I have more flower plants again, I notice more butterflies. Yesterday, as I stood in the garden, they were flitting from flower to flower as I wished I had a camera. But, as you said, I know they are too quick for me.
    Loved your photos.

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    1. It did take some patience - and a lot of hopping from one side of the garden to the other - to get those photographs!

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  3. How lovely, Ros. I adore butterflies. I need to get a buddleia bush to attract them more, but I have Red Admirals, Peacocks and Large Whites mostly in my little garden. I never see gatekeepers or meadow browns. I wish we had more here. Thank you for this!

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    1. We don't have a buddleia bush so we're proof that you can attract butterflies with all manner of flowers... although I do know that buddleias are a big attraction for them.

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  4. I love butterflies, thanks for sharing your wonderful pics.

    Yvonne.

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  5. They are gorgeous and lovely pics. Surprisingly we do have lots of butterflies down here, sadly I don't know their names, but they are always colourful.

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    1. It's interesting to hear about butterfly populations in other parts of the world. Great that you have them there too.

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  6. Lovely to see so many different kinds. This year I have only seen one kind here, a small white butterfly, called Cabbage White or something like that.

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    1. Yes, the Small White does like laying its eggs in cabbages and other green veg so it isn't the most popular in our garden but I still think it's pretty.

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  7. I noticed recently the return of the butterflies. I hadn't seen a single one until about two weeks ago.

    Butterflies are an instant mood enhancer... for me anyway

    Chippy

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    1. Me too and yes, it was only a few weeks ago that they all started to appear.

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  8. I have no idea what the names of the butterflies are,we have white ones and brown ones,nothing very exciting. You photos are lovely.

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    1. All butterflies are exciting if you take a close look, even the Small White. It has darling little spots and a grey trim to its wings. Very artistic.

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  9. Lovely to see them - my buddleia is a-flutter with them. And a plant next door is buzzing with bumble bees. So there's hope for us all?

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    1. Yes, the bees are back here too. We can all breathe a huge sigh!

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  10. Still only the whites in any numbers this year - it will be at least another week before our buddleia is out and then we will see.

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    1. Gosh, the buddleias are out in abundance here in Leicester. You must live in a colder part of the country, Bob.

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  11. I love the butterflies :)
    Nice shots!
    Have not seen any recently in our yard.

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    1. Thanks, Margie. Hopefully they'll soon appear in your yard.

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  12. I've seen quite a few recently - black and red ones? I'm going to embarrass myself now by admitting I don't know any types of butterfly!

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    1. Black and red ones could be Monarchs or Red Admirals. We have a bird and butterfly identification book which makes it easy to name them... although you can just as easily find them on the Internet these days.

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  13. I noticed loads in my garden this weekend too! But only white ones for now. Although, we also had a visit from a woodpecker, which made up for all the missing colours!

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    1. A woodpecker! Wow! I've heard a woodpecker in our local park but I've never actually seen it.

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  14. We've had quite a few around our garden. Red admirals I think. It is good to see them.

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  15. These are lovely. I've seen a few Monarchs lately but can't seem to catch a picture. I keep ending up with closeups of the greenery. Lol.

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    1. Me too! I deleted all the photos of leaves or of blurred wings in the corner of the shot!

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  16. Hi Ros .. they've been saying the butterflies are making a comeback - but it's great to see your shots .. I suspect mine are much the same as yours .. certainly I've seen cabbage whites, peacocks, and are they called gatekeepers?!

    We're now having some wonderful relatively soft rain, but with a lot of wind whistling by .. still we haven't had much .. and am grateful it's not a deluge ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  17. We certainly have more butterflies this year: Red Admirals, whites, tiny blue ones and tortoiseshells. And lots more moths too...

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  18. we tend to get monarchs in the spring. I think it's too hot now. The butterflies are smart enough to roam to England and enjoy cooler temps. Enjoy

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  19. None with color in my eastern washington back yard (just the white ones, or are those moths?). Would love to see monarchs!

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  20. We don't know what the Tenerife butterflies are called, but I saw one yesterday that looked like a Red Admiral - except that it was the size of my hand!

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  21. No butterflies here, since it's winter. :-)

    Beautiful pictures, btw.

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  22. I saw a Cabbage White yesterday when I hung the washing out...

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