Anthony Sargeant photographed this butterfly (3) in his Shropshire Garden this summer.

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Photographed in September 2015

Photographed in September 2015

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).

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Anthony Sargeant photographed these Red Admiral butterflies (2) in his Shropshire Garden this summer.

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Photographed on 25th September 2015

Photographed on 25th September 2015

Red Admiral Butterfly - another view

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.

Anthony Sargeant photographed these butterflies (1) in his Shropshire Garden this summer.

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Photographed on 29th September 2015

Photographed on 29th September 2015

Small White butterfly another view

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.

Anthony J Sargeant photographed this Peacock butterfly on a white Buddleia

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Anthony sargeant photographed this Peacock butterfly ihropshire (UK) on the 11th September 2015.

Anthony Sargeant photographed this Peacock butterfly in Shropshire (UK) on the 11th September 2015.

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.