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View of small orange and black butterfly on deep pink Cosmos flower

Small Copper. Photo: John East

John took this photo of a Small Copper nectaring on a Cosmos flower in his Hinton St Mary Garden on 06/10/2019 but delayed publishing it in the Gallery until now to try and brighten a grey November day.  A reminder of a good butterfly summer and the hope of another one next year.

Green butterfly with tails resting on ferns

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Robinson

 

Bright green Hairstreak on Ragwort

Green Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Robinson

I’ve been following Mike on Twitter and have been amazed at how many Green Hairstreaks he has been seeing throughout July on Canford Heath. This butterfly is usually at the end of its season by the third week of June http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk , but now he has found one on 4th August. This one is showing it’s age, but the above photo is of one he found on 21st July  and looks pristine.

Is this a record I wonder?

Thank you Mike for responding to my request for your photos for the gallery.