Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been captivated by butterflies. They are probably the most widely charismatic of insects. I’m used to slamming on the brakes in France to chase and identify more exotic species that don’t occur here in Britain. However, it’s all too easy to overlook those which are on one’s own doorstep, so now I’ve corrected my oversight and have started building up a photographic record of what I’ve seen here, as well.

Here’s our collection of pictures, a few rather historic, that we’ve managed to grab so far. This collection will grow as opportunities arise.

Swallowtail Scarce Swallowtail
Southern Scarce Swallowtail Spanish Festoon Clouded Apollo
Large White Small White Dark-veined White
Green-veined White Wood White Black-veined White Bath White
Orange Tip Provence Orange Tip
Clouded Yellow Brimstone Cleopatra
Ilex Hairstreak False Ilex Hairstreak Green Hairstreak
Small Copper Large Copper
Long-tailed Blue Geranium Bronze
Lang’s Short-tailed Blue Little Tiger Blue
Short-tailed Blue Small Blue
Panoptes Blue Silver-studded Blue Meleager’s Blue
Common Blue Brown Argus
Adonis Blue Holly Blue Escher’s Blue
Duke of Burgundy
Monarch Plain Tiger
Purple Emperor
Comma Map Butterfly
White Admiral Southern White Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell Red Admiral Macaronesian Red Admiral
Painted Lady Peacock Ilver-washed Fritillary
Queen of Spain Fritillary Knapweed Fritillary
Spotted Fritillary Provençal Fritillary
Marbled White Western Marbled White
Great Banded Grayling Woodland Grayling Striped Grayling
Ringlet Piedmont Ringlet Dewy Ringlet
Scotch Argus Meadow Brown Small Heath
Gatekeeper Spanish Gatekeeper Pearly Heath Chestnut Heath
Speckled Wood Wall Brown
Grizzled Skipper Dingy Skipper Mallow Skipper
Large Chequered Skipper Small Skipper Essex Skipper Large Skipper

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