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Red Lodge Wood, Nr.Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Limenitidinae
Species : Limenitis camilla

This widespread species can be found across Europe, including the southern half of England, and much of Asia extending as far as Japan in the east. It is a medium sized woodland butterfly with a wingspan of up to 65mm. It has a smooth flight and can be seen gliding effortlessly along forest rides. It is usually found in mature deciduous forest where honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), the primary larval foodplant, is available.
Males and females look very similar although the female is a little larger. The upperside is totally different to the underside being browny-black with a white stripe going through the middle of each wing. The underside, seen above, is much more attractive. The adults feed mainly on honeydew and Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) and is rarely seen on any other flower. This species is also fond of puddling on damp ground and also extracting nutrients from animal droppings.

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature White Admiral Limenitis camilla Nymphalidae wildlife Limenitidinae Wiltshire U.K. outdoor animal live insects Red Lodge Wood

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Stratton Wood, Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Polyommatinae
Species : Aricia agestis

Tags:   National Geographic Wildlife butterflies insects macro nature Lycaenidae Brown Argus Aricia agestis wildlife Wiltshire U.K. specinsect butterfly Lepidoptera animal insect outdoor

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Cotley Hill, Wiltshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Nymphalinae
Species : Euphydryas aurinia

This is an upper wing shot of the butterfly that I posted a few days ago. In my opinion it is one of the most striking British species.

Many thanks to everyone for the wonderful response I got to my previous photo.

Tags:   National Geographic Wildlife butterflies insects macro nature Lepidoptera Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia Nymphalidae wildlife Wiltshire UK specinsect insect animal outdoor butterfly live insects Warminster Cotley Hill

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Swellshill Bank, Rodborough, Gloucestershire, U.K.

Family : Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Pyrginae
Species : Erynnis tages tages

This is an unusual underwing shot of the Dingy Skipper. Being a member of the Pyrginae or 'Flats' subfamily they are most commonly seen with wings laid flat at ground level. They love to bask in the sun, often on bare earth or stone.They are common through most of central and southern Europe as well as throughout most of the UK. Flying time is usually during May and June.

Tags:   animal outdoor butterflies butterfly insects insect macro nature Lepidoptera Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages Hesperiidae wildlife Gloucestershire UK Pyrginae Rodborough live insects

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Chiang Dao NS, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Apaturinae
Species : Hestina nama nama

This is the open wing shot of the butterfly posted yesterday. For more details see yesterdays post.

Once again may I thank all those who regularly visit, comment, and favourite my photos. It is very much appreciated.

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   animal outdoor butterfly butterflies Lepidoptera insects insect macro nature the Circe Hestina nama Apaturinae Nymphalidae wildlife Chiang Mai Thailand Chiang Dao live insects ผีเสื้อนามา Butterflies of Thailand


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