Saturday, 22 August 2009


trying to ID butterflies is really difficult so I am looking to my blogger friends for help

should imagine this is just a common white

have never seen this species before.Would love an ID

15 comments:

Lynmiranda said...

Hi Sheila,

No.1 Small Tortoiseshell

No.2 female of the Large White

No.3&4 Wall Brown.

Great pictures Sheila.

swatson said...

A wall brown wow.never even heard of it.Thanks a lot lynmiranda.#Sheila

Warren Baker said...

Well done with the wall brown sheila, Ive never seen one!

karen said...

Lovely pictures Sheila, knew the tortoishell and whites, but never heard of or seen the wall browns! Well done you!!x

ShySongbird said...

I've never seen one either Sheila :(
But well done :) Beautiful photos!

Jann said...

Wall brown, new to me too. Nice 'buttery' shots! ;o)

swatson said...

I am delighted with my butterflies thanks so much for all your kind comments which makes it all so much nicer
Sheila

Nature of Dorset said...

Hi everyone. The Wall Brown is now known just as the Wall, why I am not sure, but that is what the local British Butterfly Conservation now calls it. I remember it as being quite common some 30 years ago when we lived in Hampshire but it has rapidly declined. Now we live here in Dorset we see them quite frequently this time of year near the sea, especially on the Purbeck Ridge. I saw 6 just yesterday doing a butterfly survey near Corfe Castle.

The Small Tortoiseshell was once common too but over the last five years has declined dramatically, due it is believed, to a parasitic infection on the caterpillars. However, it is good to see them more frequently again this year. May be last years cold weather reduced the parasite population?

swatson said...

thanks "nature of Dorset" always nice to learn from someone who is knowledgable
Sheila

MattHB said...

wow lovely shots :) what beauties they are! what a stunning wall brown, a first for me to!

swatson said...

http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/Butterfly/17/Butterfly.html?ButterflyId=54&Country=en&Size=sm&Colour1=Copper&Colour2=Brown&Features=Eye%20spots&Family=
found this link where you can put in the colour,size etc and it helps with ID.

Tricia said...

Some great shots there Sheila and, like many others, I've not seen a Wall Brown either; and to get two in one shot. Lucky you :D

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Sheila. Great Butterfly photo's. As with my fellow Bloggers I also have never heard of or seen a Wall Brown

Nature of Dorset said...

I see you live in the north east Shelia, is that where you took the Wall's? As the other posters comments show, the Wall is not common these days and it would be encouraging to know they are not only here in the warmer south of England.

swatson said...

yes the wall browns were in my garden cant believe it too cold for most things up here .....I rarely see anything other than peacocks,and whites.There were loads of butterflies out that day.My luck was in.....
Sheila