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Swelshill Selection

By Glostopcat  
A selection of images of the different species of butterflies I've seen at Swelshill Bank and Rodborough Common near Stroud this spring and summer. Looking back over the year I've been fortunate to see a number of different varieties including some nationallly rare ones. Swelshill Bank and Rodborough Common are managed by the National Trust and over 50% of the UK's native butterflies have been recorded there.

V1 - A female adonis blue resting on a blade of grass taken during some rare fine late spring weather
V2 - A brown argus nectaring on a field scabious, taken over the August Bank Holiday weekend
V3 - A pair of adonis blues mating, taken at the same time as V2
V4 - A male adonis blue butterfly basking in some late summer sunshine
V5 - A male chalkhill blue and a female brown vying for position on a field scabious, taken at the end of July on a day out with fellow epzer "Looloobey", Louise
V6 - A male adonis blue butterfly on some birds foot trefoil, taken in late May on the same day as v1 was taken
V7 - A meadow brown taken at Swelshill Bank on a visit in late July with epzer Looloobey
V8 - A female chalkhill blue and a six spot burnet moth nectaring on a field scabious at the end of August
V9 - A gatekeeper taken at Rodborough Common on a day out in late July with epzer Looloobey
V10 - A small skipper taken in the rough grassland close to the carpark at the foot of Rodborough Common on a day out with epzer Looloobey in late July

Tags: Butterflies Close-up and macro Stroud Glos Rodborough common Wildlife and nature Swelshill Bank

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28 Oct 2012 11:57AM
Stunning collection of Photographs. The colours are wonderful!!!

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Oct 2012 12:09PM
V's 3, 5 & 10 are my favourites, Ed, from a fine set. I see there is a dreaded tick in V.3 Sad Carol
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 12:17PM
I refuse to pick one from this brilliant set, Ed mind you there is something extra special about V7.....GrinGrin

saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
28 Oct 2012 12:30PM
You are really spoiling us today, Ed.
V5 & 8 today - good to see different species sharing the same 'table'.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
28 Oct 2012 12:30PM
Excellent set !! Such colourful creatures Smile
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 12:50PM
Great selection. Ed
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
28 Oct 2012 1:02PM
Wonderful and excellent set of images,ED,V1,V3 and V10 Are my favorites,very well done,
superb set ed,colour and dof brilliant,well done indeed.ray
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
28 Oct 2012 2:14PM
Excellent set of the different species, Ed: with so many great shots it's not easy to single out one as favourite but if pushed I'd possibly settle for V 5.
28 Oct 2012 2:30PM
Excellent captures Ed,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
28 Oct 2012 3:28PM
A whole book full of illustrations Ed. Super shots each.
Tibetan 5 3 England
28 Oct 2012 4:23PM
Great selection Ed, I really must get out and about more lol. well done you, like them all, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
28 Oct 2012 4:26PM
I think you have more butterflies in this set than I've seen here all year! Wonderful selection.

9 10 10 England
28 Oct 2012 4:30PM
Excellent seven times over.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
28 Oct 2012 4:49PM
Beautiful collection and some fabulous colours.

Best Matt
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 4:54PM
Wonderful set of such varied butterflies and moths.
Had Carol not spotted it, I'd never have noticed or recognised a tick!
Lovely light in V9 and V10.
I think V7 is my outright winner.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
28 Oct 2012 5:11PM
Interesting to see some of them with Red Mites, seen a lot of that this year for some reason......Good set Ed, but not your best images by a long way mate.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 5:20PM
Another great set I like V5 especially
28 Oct 2012 6:13PM
Amazing collection and quality Ed.

28 Oct 2012 6:13PM
Super Sunday set Ed', smashing!

John Smile
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
28 Oct 2012 7:06PM
lovely set Ed, v2 stands out best for me.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Oct 2012 8:03PM
Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 10:01PM
There are some thumbs, you know from the start who's image is popping up. A great set once again, well done with each of them Ed.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
30 Oct 2012 7:15AM
It is the adult one and the chalkhil blue with the gatekeeper I like best.. What a great series!

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