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Butterflies & the Emperor

2015.07.03
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Brown Argus captured on Banstead Downs
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Marbled White captured on Banstead Downs
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My first visit to Park Downs, Banstead.
Plenty of Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlets, Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns & Brimstones.
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Meadow Brown.
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It is commonly believed that the word "butterfly" is a derived from "butter-coloured fly" which is attributed to the yellow of the male Brimstone butterfly, the female being a much paler whitish-green.
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Dinner on the downs.
Male Emperor Dragonfly predating a bee, absolutely fascinating to watch.
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The emperor dragonfly is a very large, impressive dragonfly which is on the wing from June to August.
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It catches its prey in mid-air and may eat it on the wing, but not in this case.
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Ringlet
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Such a pretty butterfly. I love Marbled Whites.
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One of the largest dragonfly species in Europe, the emperor dragonfly flies high up looking for insect-prey such as butterflies and chaser dragonflies.
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Dark Green Fritillary
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The Brimstone has a most exquisite wing shape, perfectly matching a leaf when roosting overnight or hibernating within foliage.
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Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator
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Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni
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4 Comments
marilynx Wonderful post - as always - glad there's no snakes!!
marilynx · 2015-07-03: 05:03
pcmcgarry Fabulous shots of the dragonflies, never seen one myself but will keep on searching. I've not seen them eat bees before, they seem to big, must have been hungry. Fine shots of the butterflies with good write-ups as well. Always a pleasure to see your page Mossy.
pcmcgarry · 2015-07-03: 09:24
Mossy2 So clear and colourful - it's as if I'm there!
Mossy2 · 2015-07-03: 10:13
skmarar Amazing photography... dream shots of any macro photographer! :)
skmarar · 2015-07-06: 01:29
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