59: NYMPHALIDS AND BROWNS

59.019 Dark Green Fritillary nectaring on the garden Buddleia along with a Painted Lady (left), Aug. 2nd 2019. A fantastic year for Painted Lady immigration so I wasn't totally surprised when no less than six were present at one time on the Buddleia bush below my bedroom window. What did make me give it a second look however was this scarce Calderdale visitor feeding for a minute or so allowing me a few hastily grabbed photos - great stuff! 

59.019 Dark Green Fritillary details as above.

59.019 Dark Green Fritillary details as above.

59.023 Red Admiral, the garden, Sept.10th 06. Feeding on last night's sugar solution.

59.024 Painted Lady nectaring on the garden Heleniums, July 3rd 2019. Most satisfying when you plant specifically for butterflies and they duly oblige by turning up to feed.

59.024 Painted Lady at Brookfoot Loop, Aug. 31st 2004.

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar feeding on Common Nettle, Skircoat Green allotments, June 16th 2014.

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars at Skircoat Green allotments, June 18th 2014. After realizing that their hideout of spun leaves had been all but munched away they frantically search for pastures new.

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell chrysalis, June 23rd 2014. Four of the above caterpillars were taken home to rear through and they soon pupated. Each chrysalis had a golden metallic sheen over various parts of the case - not too well demonstrated in this photo sadly.

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell chrysalises, July 1st 2014. Eight days on and the chrysalises are on the verge of hatching. Remarkable structures of form and colour and a surprising variation of two chrysalises of the same age. 

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell, an egg laying female on Common Nettle at the old sewage works, West Vale, May 6th 2014. You can just make out the gap between the wings where the tip of the abdomen usually sits.

59.027 Small Tortoiseshell, the garden, Sept. 22nd 2010. Nectaring on Verbena, which is an excellent plant for attracting late summer species such as Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady and Red Admiral.

59.026 Peacock sunning itself on a bridle path near Norland village on Apr. 28th 2014. Without doubt one of the most photogenic of all British wildlife.

59.026 Peacock basking on Beech leaf litter at Bankhouse wood, Apr. 29th 06.

59.026 Peacock caterpillars feeding on nettles at Hollas Lane nature reserve on June 9th 2020.

59.026 Peacock chrysalis on June 26th 2020. Reared from one of the caterpillars pictured above.

59.031 Comma caterpillar found at Skircoat Green allotments on gooseberry, May 30th 09. Also found feeding on Red Currant at this site.

59.031 Comma pupa, June 6th 09. Reared from the caterpillars above.

59.031 Comma, North Dean wood, Sept.7th 06. Basking on Bramble.

59.031 Comma feeding on last night's sugar solution in the garden, Aug. 8th 06.

59.003 Speckled Wood at Bankhouse wood, May 4th 2014. Basking in the sunshine.

59.002 Wall basking in sunshine at the southern edge of Midgley moor on June 7th 2022.

59.002 Wall nectaring on buttercups at Brearley meadows below Midgley on June 2nd 2022. This species is seen much more frequently at elevated sites these days.

59.011 Gatekeepers feeding on Ragwort at All Saints' graveyard, Skircoat Green, July 30th 2017.

59.011 Gatekeeper, Tag Loop, July 28th 2010. A field observation in the steady drizzle.

59.009 Ringlet at a bridle path near Norland village, July 3rd 2014.

59.009 Ringlet (ab. caeca?), All Saints' cemetery, June 26th 2014. A common butterfly here with good numbers gently fluttering about the grassy areas.

59.009 Ringlet, the towpath at Elland By-pass, June 30th 2013.

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