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Old 5th July 2013
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Butterfly ID please...

Hi All

Out walking yesterday and came across several butterflies. Didn't manage to capture them in perfect focus, but wondered if someone could help me ID them please. I am totally useless when it comes to butterfly ID. Thanks.

Butterfly 1: There were many of these all over the place, in pairs and on their own. I would imagine I saw dozens of them.


Butterfly 2: These were extremely difficult to capture, as they flew off at a fast pace each time I ventured anywhere near one of them.
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Re: Butterfly ID please...

To the best of my knowledge John #1 is a Ringlet and #2 a small small tortoiseshell.
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I thought No 1 was a male meadow brown, I agree no 2 is a small tortoiseshell.
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Re: Butterfly ID please...

The first is a lovely shot.

I agree with Mike, sorry Paul.
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Re: Butterfly ID please...

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The first is a lovely shot.

I agree with Mike, sorry Paul.
That fine Tim I'm no expert and species of people are more my line.
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Re: Butterfly ID please...

No expert either but #2 is the common tortoiseshell.
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Re: Butterfly ID please...

Super Images.

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Re: Butterfly ID please...

Hello Musicman,
The first one is a male Meadow Brown as Mike said, Ringlets have more than one pair of eyes on their wings. The Small Tortoiseshell is a great photo with good detail, they are fast flyers in the middle of the day, sometimes they are easier to photograph in early morning or late evening when they are not fully warmed up.
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Re: Butterfly ID please...

Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell. It's pretty bad when I'm better at identifying European species than I am North American insects.
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