Beautiful Butterflies 2019

  • At long last an influx of Peacock butterflies since yesterday ... obviouslyloving the heatwave (a great deal more than I am!)

     

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  • I hear there are millions of Painted Lady butterflies heading your way. Yes, heatwave is a bit much. It didn't go below 25°C last night so couldn't cool the house down & it's over 40 in the shade today. We've got most of the shutters closed & a fan on (just moves the hot air around).

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • I just heard that Bordeaux had reached its'ever highest temperature. Phew. My external electronic thermometer says 38 C but I'm sure that's an exaggeration. Like you, Hazel, I've got all the windows, doors, blinds and curtains closed but it's still 30 C inside at the back of the house and about 27 C in the cooler north side away from the sun.
    I'm looking forward to the Painted Lady invasion, I remember the one in 2009 (I think it was) but that was much earlier in May. They covered my Spirea which was in bloom at the time.

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    Regards,Tony

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  • Certainly is a bit much, am in front of a fan as I type ... do hope we get lots of Painted Ladies here to take advantage of my bee/butterfly planting this year!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

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  • Common Blue male

    Small Skipper?

    And another.

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  • I don't think the orange is bright enough for Small Skipper, Paul. The underside doesn't look right either. It could be an even smaller Lulworth Skipper, have a look at the odd lines on the edge of the top front wing & compare to the photos here www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl . Any other photos showing more of the topside? Interesting anyway!

    EDIT : Just shows what I know, Lulworth is as far North as it gets, so must be Small Skipper, past it's first flush of youth!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Hazel C said:
    past it's first flush of youth!

    Been there....!!   :-)

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  • I'm still waiting for Painted Ladies to appear despite having a Buddleia in full bloom. 

    Too hot to go out butterfly hunting but had a few others in the garden recently.

    A very tatty Marbled White

    Common Blue also in the grass.

    Gatekeeper

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    Regards,Tony

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  • Good to see your garden butterflies TJ, at least you can nip in out to see them. It's still too hot here too, I do my hunting at night with the moth trap!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France