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By KarenFB
After a bit of decorating, I managed to get out and enjoy the little sunshine we had today. The butterflies are starting to look a little tatty now, this Gatekeeper has a chunk missing from its wing!

We have a huge buddleia bush, I've noticed there are no butterflies on it this year! Last year it was covered in Peacocks, Red Admirals etc., not this year - nothing!

I haven't replaced the background, the flower was in a small patch of sunshine with the dark wood behind.

Tags: Butterfly Insect Gatekeeper Wildlife and nature

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Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 6:16PM
Great image Karen.

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Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
9 Aug 2012 6:34PM
Nice image, Karen.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Aug 2012 6:41PM
Works well with the dark background, Karen, well captured. Carol
Super capture Karen, Lou
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Aug 2012 6:59PM
A top quality close up Karen, the black background works so well, was that your camera bag?Wink I managed to get out and enjoy the good weather this morning, the chalkhill blues are about in good numbers at Crickley Hill which is a few miles from where I live, but I was most surprised to see the marbled whites still around in good numbers, albeit many looking very worn and tatty and a ringlet. No sign yet of the walls or the 2nd generation common blues
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
9 Aug 2012 7:03PM
Thank you everyone for your c&c's. Smile

No Ed, the background is just deep shadow in amongst the trees. Smile

Very disappointing butterfly numbers here, not very surprising considering all the rain we've had!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 7:11PM
Well Karen good news then we are to have a ''few hot'' day's
so no stopping the butterflies for you
great shot
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
9 Aug 2012 8:21PM
I've got my fingers crossed Lillian! Smile
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
9 Aug 2012 9:19PM
Great image,they do promise this weather nowSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
10 Aug 2012 12:49AM
Lovely, Patti Smile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
10 Aug 2012 9:15AM
Thanks everyone! Smile
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 5:34PM
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 6:44PM
Same here Karen

Our Buddleia has attracted hardly owtSad

Nowt to attract, that's whySad

11 Aug 2012 12:00AM
Lovely image SmileSmileSmile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
11 Aug 2012 7:53AM
Thanks everyone! Smile
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2012 11:35AM
Very good capture, lovely butterfly. IB
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
16 Aug 2012 4:21PM
Thank you! Grin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
29 Aug 2012 10:22PM
glad to make it 30... it must have been in the brambles.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
30 Aug 2012 7:08AM
Thank you Annette! Smile

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