• Male Common Blue

    A male common blue - a truly blue butterfly - photographed on the path at Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB reserve.

  • Female Common Blue

    A female common blue photographed on the path at Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB reserve.

  • Male Common Blue

    A male common blue at Burton Mere Wetlands helpfully displaying both upper and lower wing markings.


  • Common Blue Female

    A female common blue displaying her upper wing surfaces well. She's feeding on hare's-foot clover which seemed to have a soporific effect on the butterflies making them very approachable.

  • Holly Blue

    My next door neighbour has a holly tree close to the boundary fence. In the spring and summer it feeds the caterpillars of this delightful butterfly, shown here resting on an evening primrose flower. In the winter the berries feed numerous redwings that a…

  • Painted Lady Underwing

    An underwing view of a painted lady on a white buddleia in the gardens of Dunham Massey house.


  • Painted Lady Topside

    A top view of a painted lady on a white buddleia in the gardens of Dunham Massey house.

  • Comma Underside

    A comma butterfly enjoying the garden ivy flowers that is clearly showing the underwing marking after which the insect is named.

  • Comma Topside

    A view from above of a comma butterfly enjoying the garden ivy flowers and clearly showing the irregular nature of the anterior wing margin.


  • Comma

    A somewhat worn comma at Burton Mere Wetlands. However, I posted this more for the unconventional composition and the background than the butterfly - I just find them appealing.

  • Red Admiral Underside

    A red admiral feasting on the nectar of ivy flowers showing off its underwing markings.

  • Red Admiral Topside

    A red admiral feasting on the nectar of ivy flowers.


  • Male Orange Tip Topside

    A male orange tip charging his batteries on a bramble leaf in the early morning sun. There are lots of males at Burton Mere who seem to spend their lives chasing green-veined whites around the reserve. So far, I haven't seen a single female this year.

  • Tettenhall Male Orange Tip Underwing

    A male orange tip giving a rare (for me at least) glimpse of the spectacular underwing markings as he feeds on red campion along the Staffordshire and Worcester canal at Tettenhall.

  • Female Orange Tip Topside

    There is a small corner of our local golf course at Brackenwood that is managed by simply leaving it to nature. At the moment there are abundant cuckooflower with hordes of white butterflies. Almost all of these currently seem to be green-veined whites, b…


  • Female Orange Tip Underwing

    Another shot of the female orange tip I found on the cuckooflower at Brackenwood golf course showing the amazing underwing pattern that is also present on the males.

  • Male Green-veined White

    A male green-veined white visiting the cuckooflowers on the edge of the local golf course. Very obligingly he's displaying both his upper wing - which I have trouble distinguishing from a small white - and his absolutely unmistakable underwing.

  • Male Green-veined White Topside

    This butterfly feeding on green alkanet at Burton Mere Wetlands may be identified as a green-veined white by the markings on the trailing edge of the forewing. These do not extend along the trailing edge in the small white and are continuous in the large…


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