Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Jones sends some lovely shots of our lepidopteran friends; his notes and identifications are indented:

I don’t know if I just don’t get out enough, but certain butterflies of my childhood don’t seem so common any more. I haven’t seen a single Red Admiral locally this year at all, and they used to be all over the place. On the other hand Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Speckled Woods have been omnipresent.

A Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) amongst the barley at the edge of a field.

A Small White (Pieris rapae) taking off from lavender.

The only Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) I’ve managed to capture this year. This shot really shows off the leaf-like wings at rest.

Some Common Blues (Polyommatus icarus), which I think are gorgeous.

One of the few Peacocks (Aglais io) I’ve seen this year.

Another Small White (Pieris rapae), staring us out.

A Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).



  1. Posted September 5, 2017 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Lovely! For me, the blues either just don’t land or they always rest with wings closed. I would love to get those pictures!

  2. Paul Matthews
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    These photos are simply superb. Where were they taken, if you don’t mind my asking?

    • Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      Thanks Paul.

      They are all taken in Tisman’s Common near Rudgwick in West Sussex.

      • Paul Matthews
        Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

        Thanks for the information. Keep up the good work!

  3. Serendipitydawg
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Our tally is poor this year (south bank of Humber estuary):

    Large White
    Green Veined White
    Red Admiral
    Peacock (just two)
    Comma (just one)
    Meadow Brown
    Small Tortoiseshell (just half a dozen)

    Missing in action:

    Orange Tip
    Speckled Wood
    All Heaths

    I am going to have to get our paddock ploughed and flattened to get the wild flowers back, the brambles have taken over.

    Wish we had blues…

  4. Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Mea culpa, I think I gave Jerry the wrong ID for the first butterfly; I think it’s more likely a Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) than a Meadow Brown, although imo they look quite similar with closed wings (in my defence!). Two white spots in the black spot rather than one leads me to say that.

    Any butterfly experts are welcome to chip in though!

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      I think you are correct; Meadow Browns aren’t that coloured on the underside, despite similar patterning. Gatekeeper looks more likely 🙂

  5. Liz
    Posted September 5, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    These are beautiful.

  6. Posted September 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink


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