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Old 09-04-15, 08:58 PM
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Dozens of Peacocks about now, quite a few Small Tortoiseshells, and some Brimstones (the bright yellow ones Peter), all looking smart as paint. Coupled with a Swallow and a Willow Warbler over the last couple of days, I now believe it's Spring.

Yaaaaay!!!

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My first of the Spring/Summer Orange tip butterfly flew through my garden this morning.
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This spring has been one of the best here in recent years for early butterflies, just the usual Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks but good to see in such numbers- no whites yet. And, yes, the swallows are back!

Lucky people to have Orange tips, they don't favour my surroundings.
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A pic for you Dora of an Orange-tip I came across on a local walk yesterday morning. It looked recently emerged and in tip top condition! Such delightful little butterflies.
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A pic for you Dora of an Orange-tip I came across on a local walk yesterday morning. It looked recently emerged and in tip top condition! Such delightful little butterflies.
Thank you, Judith Lovely photo and nice to see.
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Old 27-04-15, 02:15 PM
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Thank you, Judith Lovely photo and nice to see.
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Several Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Green-veined White were flitting about in the sunnier spots along the canal were I walked yesterday afternoon.

When I looked at the images of the Green-veined White on the Wild Garlic it struck me how well camouflaged they are on this plant. You would need the eyes of a Hawk to spot them at a distance.

I was pleased to manage a decent enough photo of the underwing of an Orange-tip butterfly, I was lucky in that they kept returning to the White Dead-nettle.
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In my garden this morning my first of the summer Speckled Wood butterfly!
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Old 11-05-15, 06:59 PM
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Nice one Judith, but given the amount of time I spend out of doors, what with walking the dog at least twice a day, I've been amazed at how few butterflies I've seen so far. After the initial flush of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells - and not that many of them - all I've managed so far is just one Speckled Wood, one Brimstone, and this morning, one Small White.

OK, the weather needs to make up its mind what season we're in, but is this typical of elsewhere in the country or just the north west?

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It is also typical here in the West Midlands Tony! We need sunshine and plenty of it!
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Surprise!! A walk in the VERY windy Gisburn Forest today produced a multiplicity of Green Veined Whites in the sheltered places. Nothing else though!

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