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pomkiwi

I've been trying to get out to see butterflies locally but the weather has not been particularly helpful with lots of cool cloudy days and when the sun appears it is often windy. However a few have been around locally.

 

This is a common blue although I find it uncommonly beautiful...

 

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This small copper was trying to warm up...

 

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The buddleja bush in the garden attracts some of the more showy butterflies but they often prefer the upper branches providing some photographic challenges as these peacocks demonstrate.

 

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When i was supposed to be gardening on saturday i was distracted- very easily done- by what I think were several Small Purple & Gold micro-moths (Pyrausta aurata) having never heard of such things until this year and seeing  the common Purple and Gold in August-the "small" is a whole 2 mm smaller, but it does have amore  broken yellow line across the fore-wing

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And forgive my indulgence but I really liked this photo of a comma butterfly

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