Readers’ wildlife photos

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Today we have some butterfly photos from reader Mark Jones. I have no indication where he lives, but perhaps you can guess from the species. His notes are indented:

A few more butterfly shots you might like. 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. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 12, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink



    PCC(E) – I resent the skink (not skunk) pic for you just now.

    …I imagine skunks would be a faux pas for RWP, right behind d*gs….

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 1:49 am | Permalink

      Apparently you did not know that our esteemed host at one time had a pet skunk! 🙂

      Also, am I the only one who wondered why ThyroidPlanet would resent skinks? Until I read it the right way… 😀

      • ThyroidPlanet
        Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:42 am | Permalink


        Very good one!

        I suppose I need to put a hyphen in there…

        As for pet skunks – I’m not going there…

  2. Frank Bath
    Posted November 12, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I recognise these as UK species – and Europe at large.

    • Richard Bond
      Posted November 12, 2017 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      Agreed: all are not uncommon species in the UK.

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 14, 2017 at 2:03 am | Permalink

      Pieris rapae was introduced and is now distributed throughout the US & Canada as well. Not to mention New Zealand, Australia, parts of Asia…

      A quick googling told me that the European Painted Lady is a different species than our (USian) one, though. Thought it looked a bit different. 😀

  3. Jacques Hausser
    Posted November 12, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Nice pictures – I guess from England but it could be everywhere in western Europe.

  4. Pierluigi Ballabeni
    Posted November 12, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    I do not know the global distribution of these species but they are present in Europe.

  5. Posted November 12, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Nice! And quite a feat to get the dorsal wing surface a blue. They don’t show that often.

  6. Posted November 12, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I totally agree about the blues. I’ve spent 30 minutes stalking an individual for open wings and finally got only one decent shot. It was exhausting but well worth it. You have wonderful butterflies.

  7. nwalsh
    Posted November 12, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures.

  8. Posted November 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I like the Brimstone. Hell, I like anything with camouflage

  9. Diane G.
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    What gorgeous photos! I love the compositions that show a significant amount of surrounding vegetation as well.

  10. Posted November 17, 2017 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Stunningly good photos! Especially love the small white take-off: really nicely captured.

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