August butterfly spotting in Norfolk

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As part of a slow, stealthy chase on Sunday I snapped quite a few butterflies so I've consolidated them into one convenient post with the fungi, wildflowers and outfit posts given their own time to shine, independently another time. Not bad for an hour's stroll? But there can be so much to see and enjoy. There are many reasons to take photographs and this year I've reiterated another to myself; to analyse and diagnose what I've seen. There are about four butterflies I can conclusively identify on sight and the rest benefit from a good few minutes scrutinising the pocket nature guide.  
Above, the peacock - once you know it then it's easily recognisable.

Above, looks like a speckled wood. Below, brimstone - I'm super excited about this one as I've not seen it before and it looks exactly like the one in the book.

Sadly a couple that look like they've been in the wars! Above, maybe a gatekeeper and below I'm really unsure.At first I assumed a comma but now I feel like some sort of fritillary.

Above, another speckled wood?

Above, maybe two gatekeepers. Below, small tortoiseshell. Pretty blue edging to the wings.

And finally the green-veined white.
My tactics for snapping shots include approaching slowly and on no account cast a shadow over your target or they'll be off and you won't have a hope!
I did see a beautiful blue one the weekend before last but that may surface another day.
Take care,

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  1. You did so well to capture these. When I was at the lavender farm they eluded me! I couldn't get close, I only got one half decent shot because one chose to sit next to me on a bush!
    Sadly, I haven't seen many around this year, just the odd one here and there.

  2. I spent sooo much time in Greece stalking Butterflies and it was so hard because the temperature was 35degreees plus so they were super active and just wouldn't rest obediently. I taught my kids at school to identify 6butterflies 2years ago and they were super excited about it and one lunchtime, a hoard of about 20children arrived at the staffroom demanding I come to see the Red Admirals that were on the Buddlea in our Quiet area. They were so proud to have spotted and identified it and it filled my heart with proud joy! Your photos are lovely!

  3. Always great to watch butterflies Sophie and you have found some great habitat ,you are right to think the one you were not sure of as a Fritillary it is a bit tatty but looks like a Silver-washed fritillary . Well done.

  4. Lovely pictures Sophie well done.


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