Sunday, March 1, 2015



Caterpillar Foodplants
Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is the main foodplant. Other plants used include: Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (L. pedunculatus), Black Medick (Medicago lupulina), Common Restharrow (Ononis repens), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Lesser Trefoil (T. dubium).                                                                                                           
 Habitat 
Very common and found in a variety of habitats especially sunny sheltered spots. Examples of habitats include; downland, coastal dunes, undercliffs, road verges, acid grass and woodland clearings
It is also found on waste ground, disused pits and quarries, golf courses, and urban habitats such as cemeteries. 
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Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu ,Common Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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Sunday, February 22, 2015


 The green-veined white (Pieris napi) is a butterfly of the Pieridae family.
A circumboreal species widespread across Europe and Asia, including the Indian subcontinent, Japan and the Maghreb and North America. It is found in meadows, hedgerows and woodland glades but not as often in gardens and parks like its close relatives the large and small whites, for which it is often mistaken. Like other "white" butterflies, the sexes differ. The female has two spots on each forewing, the male only one. The veins on wings of the female are usually more heavily marked. The underside hindwings are pale yellow with the veins highlighted by black scales giving a greenish tint, hence green-veined white. Unlike the large and small whites two, it rarely chooses garden cabbages to lay its eggs on, preferring wild crucifers. Males emit a sex pheromone that is perceptible to humans, citral,the basic flavor-imparting component of lemon peel oil.

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Pieris napi, Piéride du navet, Green-veined white

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Monday, February 9, 2015


Wing upper side: Males shiny sky-blue, margins unclearly-edged black, wing veins close to margins black.
Females darker blue, edges dark brown or wings completely dark brown. Hind wing margin with red blotches.
Wing underside: Light grey (male) or light brown (female) with white-edged black blotches. Red blotches especially on margin of hind wing. Basal area of wings turquoise./www.luontoportti.com/

Polyommatus amandus, Azuré de la jarosse, Amanda's Blue

Polyommatus amandus, Azuré de la jarosse, Amanda's Blue



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Sunday, February 8, 2015



The Common Blue is found in a variety of grassy habitats particularly where the larval foodplants can be found in sunny sheltered positions. Many habitats are used including road verges woodland clearings disused railway lines quarries and coastal areas./www.britishbutterflies.co.uk/



Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue
Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015


In the right habitat the Meadow Brown can be the most abundant butterfly on the wing. They are often seen in large numbers feeding on Bramble alongside other grassland species such as the Gatekeeper and Ringlet. Like the Ringlet the Meadow Brown will also fly in dull weather... even when its spotting with rain... when most other butterfly species are inactive.
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Sunday, February 1, 2015


This butterfly flies from May to August. The larvae feed on species of vetch, often Meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) and tufted vetch (Vicia cracca). The males fly around near the hostplants waiting for femalesto arrive. The females lay their eggs singly on the leaves of the host plant. The caterpillars have glands which secrete a sugary fluid that attracts ants and the presence of these protects the larvae from predators.


Polyommatus amandus, Azuré de la jarosse, Amanda's Blue

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Monday, January 26, 2015


A freshly emerged Marbled White is among the most beautiful butterflies. Its distinctive chequered black and white pattern is very different to that of other Satyrines, most of which are patterned in shades of brown and orange. The pattern of the Marbled White is easily remembered by insectivorous birds, and is probably a form of aposematic coloration, functioning to advertise the toxic nature of the butterfly.
Melanargia Galathea, Demi-Deuil, Marbled White
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Saturday, January 24, 2015


Four specimens of this species have been found in the British Isles. The first was captured at Lee, near Ilfracombe, Devon in August 1887, the second in Kincardine-on-Forth near Fife, Scotland, the third (a female) by a schoolboy in Seaford, East Sussex, in August 1958, and the last at Grand Havre in Guernsey in August 1966. This species is not considered migratory. However, it is believed that the last two specimens could have been carried by the prevailing winds from the continent to the British Isles.


Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux / Argus myope, Sooty Copper

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


The Large Copper is one of Europe's most beautiful butterflies, the dazzling iridescent copper wings of the male equalling in brilliance any species found in the tropics. The female is equally stunning, with a pattern similar to that of the Small Copper, but having almost double it's wingspan.

Lycaena Dispar, Cuivré Des Marais, Large Copper

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Saturday, January 17, 2015


The Small Heath  (Coenonympha pamphilus) is a butterfly species belonging to the family Nymphalidae, (subfamily Satyrinae, commonly known as "the Browns"). It is widespread in Eurasia and northwestern Africa, preferring drier habitats than other Coenonymphae. The larval host plants are grasses, notably Sheep's Fescue and rough meadow grass Poa trivialis.

Coenonympha pamphilus, Fadet commun ou Procris, Small Heath


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Sunday, January 11, 2015


Coenonympha glycerion, Fadet de la mélique ou Iphis/Semi-Procris, 
Chestnut Heath

The wing span is 25-35 millimetres. The upper surface of the female’s forewing is brighter orange, the hind wing light brown with an orange band along the edge. Wing fringes pale grey for both sexes. The wing undersides have eye patches that can be six, but sometimes fewer. The chestnut heath is regarded as a purely open landscape species, in dry as well as fresh meadows, but of course they can be seen at the favourite haunts of butterflies too – on forest roads and clearings.






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Saturday, January 10, 2015


The Common Blue is the most widespread of the blue butterflies in Britain, and as the name suggests, it is one of the most common butterflies in Europe. The males are a striking bluish-violet colour, but females are brown with orange spots near the margins of the wings. In both sexes, the undersides of the wings are greyish brown with blackish spots and orange crescents towards the margins of the wings.The caterpillar has a stout body, which tapers towards the tips. The head is black and the body is green. A darker green line bordered with white passes along the centre of the back. There is also a whitish-green line along the sides.
Caterpillar length: up to 13 mm.
Wingspan: 25 – 40 mm
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Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Identification & Similar species
The dark upperside hindwing eliminates most similar species. Males are sooty black on the upperside. On the underside, a double band of black marginal spots on both wings and a rather uniform greyish ground colour help distinguish the species. The very similar blue sooty copper, L. bleusei, flies in central Spain. The species do not overlap. It is separated by the orange on the upperside forewing of the male.
Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux / Argus myope, Sooty Copper

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There are 24 species in the genus Melanargia, known commonly as the Marbled Whites. The genus is readily recognised by the black-on-white marbled uppersides and the series of submarginal ocelli on the underside hindwings. Both sexes are similar in pattern but males are a purer white. Females are slightly creamy in appearance especially when freshly emerged, and are marked in dark brown rather than the neutral black of males.

Melanargia galathea, Demi-deuil, Marbled white
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Saturday, December 27, 2014


It has a rusty orange colour to the wings, upper body and the tips of the antennae. The body is silvery white below and it has a wingspan of 25–30 mm. This butterfly's range includes much of Europe, including Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia, and includes north Africa and the Middle East. It is typically occurring where grass has grown tall. This species lives in discrete colonies of both small and large populations.

Thymelicus sylvestris, Hespérie de la houque / Bande noire

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Friday, December 26, 2014


Machimus sp.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014



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Monday, December 22, 2014



Maniola jurtina, Myrtil, Meadow Brown
Arguably the commonest European butterfly. It flies everywhere from north Africa into southern Scandinavia. It is often abundant throughout the range and can be found in dry or damp conditions upto moderate altitudes (1500m or so) and in any variety of grassy habitat.
Maniola jurtina, Myrtil, Meadow Brown

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Sunday, December 21, 2014


The Sooty Copper (Lycaena tityrus) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Europe.The wingspan is 28–30 millimetres (1.1–1.2 in).
The butterfly flies from April to September, depending on the location.

Lycaena tityrus, Cuivré fuligineux / Argus myope, Sooty Copper

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Saturday, December 20, 2014


Amanda's Blue is native to much of central and northern Europe. Its habitat is meadows, heaths, grassland, roadsides and other open areas and places where the larval foodplants grow and usually at altitudes of at least 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). With a wingspan of 29 to 35 mm (1.1 to 1.4 in), Amanda's Blue is noticeably larger than most blue butterflies, which is particularly apparent when they are flying.  /Wikipedia/

Polyommatus amandus, Azuré de la jarosse, Amanda's Blue

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The four-spot orb-weaver (Araneus quadratus) is a common orb-weaver spider found in Europe and Central Asia, and as far as the Kamchatka Peninsula and Japan. The spider lives in gardens, wooded areas, or wherever there is vegetation to string an orb web across. This species builds its web close to the ground to catch jumping insects such as small grasshoppers /Wikipedia/

Araneus quadratus
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The Clouded Border -Lomaspilis marginata- is a moth of the family Geometridae. Wingspan 30-38 mm.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014


Melanargia Galathea, Demi-Deuil, Marbled White


Melanargia Galathea, Demi-Deuil, Marbled White

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Saturday, December 13, 2014


Mélitée orangée, Melitaea didyma, Spotted fritillary

Mélitée orangée, Melitaea didyma, Spotted fritillary

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