Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Jones sent some nice butterfly pictures from Old Blighty. His notes and IDs are indented; be sure to enlarge as the markings are lovely.

Plenty of butterfly action in England this sunny Sunday [June 2]; here are a few woodland shots I took today from the West Sussex-Surrey border in England.

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina):

Silver Washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia):

White Admiral  (Limenitis Camilla), one I somehow caught landing, and one showing the beautiful underside:

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria):

Small White (Pieris rapae):


  1. Posted July 12, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Very nice…

  2. W.Benson
    Posted July 12, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks Mark for the great pictures!

  3. claudia baker
    Posted July 12, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Could there be a prettier name than “Silver Washed Fritillary”?

  4. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 12, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Lovely! I enjoyed those very much.

  5. rickflick
    Posted July 12, 2017 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    They look very familiar to this New Yorker. I wonder how closely related they are to the US versions.

  6. darrelle
    Posted July 12, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Very nice Mark. The landing pic was a nice catch.

    Over the past month we’ve had Monarch butterflies and caterpillars on / around our butterfly bushes. The bushes aren’t that big yet and the Monarchs really knock them back, but that’s what they are for. Last year they stripped them clean, not a leaf left anywhere. I am surprised they (the bushes) came back from that.

  7. Posted July 12, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Very nice, Mark! I really enjoyed those. Your white admiral in particular got my attention. We have a related species of white admiral (Limenitis arthemis), which is polymorphic, where some resemble your species, and others lack the white markings. These are called the ‘red spotted purple’.

  8. Posted July 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos, thanks!

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