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elsie
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Butterflies

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Following Tom's post about Many butterflies, I thought I'd see if I could photograph some in my field before lunch. Unfortunately, in the 15 minutes I was out, this cabbage white was the only one which stopped long enough in a place where I could access it. The others, if they landed, were all in deep grass and they would fly off as soon as the grass was disturbed.
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Re: Butterflies

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Rather battered
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Re: Butterflies

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Its why there are eyes at the edge of the wings.

Birds peck at the eyes on the wings thinking it is the head and just get a beakful of wing instead.

I suspect it started off like this (Wall Brown - Lasiommata megera)

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Re: Butterflies

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I think that Elsie's butterfly was a Comma. They have markedly ragged wings but you can only identify them by the distinctive "comma" mark on the underside.
They used to be quite common in Herefordshire when I was young and I have seen them in Friston forest (Sussex) and in woodlands here in Normandy.
I have no idea how to post a photo or link - sorry! Try this...

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Re: Butterflies

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Don't think it's a Comma - from your link:

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Re: Butterflies

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Thank you for opening the link: it is labelled as a Comma... and above the photo you opened is one looking a lot more shaggy!

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Re: Butterflies

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A couple more battered butterflies - but no really obvious "eyes" to eat. At present there are a lot around with damaged wings so I'm more inclined to think some is due to old age, solid undergrowth, strong winds and heavy rain.
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Re: Butterflies

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Great to see another Butterfly photographer I have been lucky to see 30 species this year in the garden I am still trying to picture 100 species in france just 2 short :D

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