bobthebirder's picture

Four species of butterfly in one frame!

Observed: 8th August 2009 By: bobthebirderbobthebirder is knowledgeable about Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebratesbobthebirder’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
butterflies
Description:

Let's see if anyone can come up with five in one shot!

Identifications
Species interactions

Species with which Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) interacts

Comments

Jonathan's picture

You missed the plant! Looks

You missed the plant! Looks like Origanum vulgare, which is flowering in my garden and is also covered in insects.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

tootsietim's picture

Five lepidoptera in one shot.

You also missed the 6 spot burnet moth(Zygeana filipendulae) which is approx at 7 o'clock from the small tortoiseshell. I must grow some Origanum vulgare in my garden.

bobthebirder's picture

4 butterflies - and 1 moth

I noticed there was a burnet flying around but didn't think I'd got it in the shot. There was also a common blue nearby and a micro moth - Pyrausta aurata I think.

Bob Ford

bobthebirder's picture

nectar sources

As well as the fun involved in trying to take these photos it might even shed some light on what really is the best plant for attracting butterflies. Might even be able educate some away from Buddleia.

Bob Ford

the naturalist man's picture

Butterflies

This photo is like one of them hidden object games my wife is obsessed with. An easy way to build up experience points!

Graham Banwell

Visit the iSpot Yorkshire forum for information on events, issues and news relating to 'God's own country'
http://www.ispot.org.uk/forum/8411

Daisy's picture

My Buddleia has loads of

My Buddleia has loads of butterflies on it at the moment, mostly made up with painted ladies. I'll have to try planting Origanum vulgare and see if I get more.

gary.hilton's picture

Origanum vulgare

We have a patch of this and as well as the butterflies and moths (Silver Ys love it) it attracts an amazing quantity and variety of hoverflies, bees and wasps, I have spent hours watching it buzzing with activity this summer. It also flowers for a long time and comes back year after year. What more could you want?

Gary Hilton

Jonathan's picture

Pizza!

Origanum is also great on pizza!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

bobthebirder's picture

origanum v buddleia

sounds like oreganum wins on all counts - it's about time Buddleia's reputation as a butterfly bush was challenged. There are lots of alternatives that flower for a lot longer and are less invasive. Hemp agrimony is another one.

Bob Ford

miked's picture

If you want a race for most

If you want a race for most species in a group per photo try, twice as many species as your butterflies!:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/3696