Tony Sargeant took this photograph of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) in the garden of his Shropshire (UK) home in September 2015. It has particularly lovely pale blue little arrowhead markings along the trailing edge of its wings. It is feeding on a buddleia (often known as ‘The Butterfly Plant’ – and for very good reason).
Tony Sargeant photographed this Red Admiral butterfly on the 25th September 2015 in the garden of his Shropshire home. Although called a ‘Red’ Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) the markings are more orange than red.
Is this another example of a plant or animal being named in English before we had a separate name for the colour orange ? Hence we speak of the bird as ‘Robin Red-breast’ – when clearly it has orange not red on his breast plumage. I think the first use of orange as a colour doesn’t appear in English until the 16th century.
It has been a very strange summer with cool weather and breezes affecting flowering of many plants (sweet peas did very badly in our garden this year). As a consequence pollinating insects were also affected – butterflies in particular were late in appearing. Tony Sargeant photographed these Small White butterflies (Pieris rapae) at the end of September. They are quite difficult to capture on film because they seem to dwell on briefly on the blossoms and seem more sensitive to any movement in the vicinity.
Inachis io (The Peacock Butterfly) photographed by Anthony Sargeant on the white Buddleia in our Shropshire garden on the 11th September 2015. It has been a strange year for butterflies – so cool most of the summer and also breezy which has added a wind chill factor – as a consequence plant growth and flowering has been slow and erratic and without the flowers the butterflies have not appeared in our Shropshire (UK) garden.