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A great set of images Martin! The Adonis blue is a beauty, they all are actually!
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My first of the year Red Admiral in my garden this afternoon!
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I reckon I should have titled this thread: Lepidoptera 2018!

All Butterfly and Moth species are welcome on the thread.

A Scarlet Tiger moth was a delight to see whilst I sat enjoying my lunch by the River Severn at Arley, Worcestershire.
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Bottom line is, Judith, that apart from large whites, I'm seeing very few butterflies when I'm out and about locally. Ok, there seem to be a few Speckled Woods around, and in the dunes the other day I found Burnet and Yellowshell moths along with a Common Blue or two. But the sad truth is that even usually common species (Peacock, Red Admiral) are conspicuous by their absence.

All of this made it a delight to see literally dozens of Orange Tips during a trip to Scotland two weeks ago, but this has been more than offset by problems locating dragonflies this summer too. During an extensive search for Red-veined Darter that were spotted locally, all I could turn up was a single male Broad-bodied Chaser, and a visit to a fairly local dragonfly hotspot produced loads of damsel flies, but otherwise only Four-spotted Chasers.

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Oh - in the dunes the other day there were also Small Heath and Small Skippers. And WOW, that tiger moth is a stunner...
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I reckon I should have titled this thread: Lepidoptera 2018!

All Butterfly and Moth species are welcome on the thread.

A Scarlet Tiger moth was a delight to see whilst I sat enjoying my lunch by the River Severn at Arley, Worcestershire.
Wow indeed not seen a Scarlet Tiger . I have really got in to butterflies and Dragonflies this year they are very interesting insects and have wonderful colours and patterns.

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Bottom line is, Judith, that apart from large whites, I'm seeing very few butterflies when I'm out and about locally. Ok, there seem to be a few Speckled Woods around, and in the dunes the other day I found Burnet and Yellowshell moths along with a Common Blue or two. But the sad truth is that even usually common species (Peacock, Red Admiral) are conspicuous by their absence.

All of this made it a delight to see literally dozens of Orange Tips during a trip to Scotland two weeks ago, but this has been more than offset by problems locating dragonflies this summer too. During an extensive search for Red-veined Darter that were spotted locally, all I could turn up was a single male Broad-bodied Chaser, and a visit to a fairly local dragonfly hotspot produced loads of damsel flies, but otherwise only Four-spotted Chasers.

Tony

Oh - in the dunes the other day there were also Small Heath and Small Skippers. And WOW, that tiger moth is a stunner...
I would agree with you Tony not sure why there is not that many butterflies about. I have only seen one orange tip a couple of Green vained whites not seen a Peacock so far. And today 17/06/18 just seen my 1st Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell along with a half dozen Meadow Browns.
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Bottom line is, Judith, that apart from large whites, I'm seeing very few butterflies when I'm out and about locally. Ok, there seem to be a few Speckled Woods around, and in the dunes the other day I found Burnet and Yellowshell moths along with a Common Blue or two. But the sad truth is that even usually common species (Peacock, Red Admiral) are conspicuous by their absence.

All of this made it a delight to see literally dozens of Orange Tips during a trip to Scotland two weeks ago, but this has been more than offset by problems locating dragonflies this summer too. During an extensive search for Red-veined Darter that were spotted locally, all I could turn up was a single male Broad-bodied Chaser, and a visit to a fairly local dragonfly hotspot produced loads of damsel flies, but otherwise only Four-spotted Chasers.

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Oh - in the dunes the other day there were also Small Heath and Small Skippers. And WOW, that tiger moth is a stunner...
Speckled Woods, a single Red Admiral, a few Whites and not a sniff of an Orange-tip this year is roughly my sightings so far this year!
Maybe when the Buddleias put on a good show we will see a few more species at least in gardens!

The Scarlet Tiger is a beauty hope you catch up with one sometime Tony and Martin.
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Just a couple of my recent butterflies. Would you all like to my dragonfly pictures I have taken this year?

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[QUOTE=Longhambirder;123538]Just a couple of my recent butterflies. Would you all like to my dragonfly pictures I have taken this year?

Yes please!
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Just a couple of my recent butterflies. Would you all like to my dragonfly pictures I have taken this year?

Yes please!
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Been out to a new place today looking for butterflies, I was informed about this new place and the White Admirals and Silver-washed Fritillarys as the Silver- washed would be a first for me I went in search.Found 14 White Admirals,6 Silver-washed Fritillarys and lots of meadow browns,Speckled Woods, Ringlets, Marbled Whites seen These are just record shot.

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