Butterfly and Moth Pictures By Species: Satyridae


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Satyridae

Gatekeeper

This 2-3cm butterfly looks similar to a Small Heath with its wings closed. But is quite colourful when it opens its wings.


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9th July 2003 - Same Butterfly (Male). First pic off focus.
Stockley Park
10th July 2003 - Male
Stockley Park
10th July 2003 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Stockley Park
21st July 2003 - Female
Stockley Park

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2nd July 2004 - Male
Stockley Park
2nd July 2004 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Stockley Park
13th July 2004 - Male
Stockley Park
15th July 2004 - Female
Stockley Park
7th July 2005 - Male
Barnhill

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11th July 2005 - Female
Crooked Mile
11th July 2005 - Male
Crooked Mile
4th August 2005 - Female
Barnhill
12th July 2007 - Male
Horsenden Hill
16th July 2007 - Mating Pair (Female on Left)
Horsenden Hill

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21st July 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Barnhill
8th July 2009 - Male
Horsenden Hill
21st July 2013 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
9th July 2014 - Male
Regents Park
9th July 2014
Regents Park

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14th July 2014
Regents Park
11th July 2015 - Male
Park Wood
16th July 2015 - Female
Regents Park
16th July 2015 - Male
Regents Park
19th July 2015 - Same Butterfly(Male)
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

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6th July 2016 - Male
Park Wood
31st July 2016 - Female
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
31st July 2016 - Mating Pair (Female Left)
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
31st July 2016 - Male
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Grayling

Similar in size to the Meadow Brown (3-4cm). It also rests wings always closed. When flying it's wings look a bit more 'splayed' and to me the flight pattern looks somewhere between Meadow Brown and Large Skipper. It certainly is faster moving. This butterfly seems to like sandy environments such as coastal sand dunes. However Chobham Common is inland, but quite a sandy place as well as a typical Heathland too. The patterns on its wings camouflage it very well against sand and pebbles. It is rather hard to spot them unless they move.


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27th July 2007
Chobham Common
27th July 2007 - Same Butterfly
Chobham Common
23rd July 2008
Chobham Common
23rd July 2008
Chobham Common

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3rd August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Findhorn Dunes

Marbled White

This is about 4-5cm in size.


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25th June 2004 - Same Butterfly.
Stockley Park
8th July 2004 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Stockley Park

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18th July 2005
Bison Hill Nature Reserve
28th June 2006
Park Wood
27th June 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Horsenden Hill
14th July 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers
14th July 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers

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5th July 2008
Sharpenhoe Clappers
5th July 2008
Sharpenhoe Clappers
5th July 2008
Sharpenhoe Clappers
10th August 2008
Aston Rowant
23rd June 2009
Horsenden Hill
13th July 2009
Lulworth Cove

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30th June 2015
Sharpenhoe Clappers.
30th June 2015 - Same Butterfly (on right in 4th picture).
Sharpenhoe Clappers.
30th June 2015 - Same Butterfly (on left in 2nd picture).
Sharpenhoe Clappers.

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11th July 2015
Park Wood
3rd July 2016 - Female Top, Male Bottom
Sharpenhoe Clappers
3rd July 2016 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
3rd July 2016 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
3rd July 2016 - Same Butterflies (Female Top, Male Bottom)
Sharpenhoe Clappers

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3rd July 2016 - Male
Sharpenhoe Clappers
3rd July 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers
31st July 2016 - Female
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant

Meadow Brown

This 3-4cm butterfly at first glance looks like a large version of the Small Heath. But it's wing tops are darker. The open winged pictures demonstrate how variable the wing tops are.


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10th July 2003
Stockley Park
16th June 2004
Stockley Park
22nd June 2004 - Male.
Stockley Park
25th June 2004 - Male.
Stockley Park
25th June 2004 - Male.
Stockley Park
7th July 2004 - Mating Pair.
Stockley Park

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7th July 2004 - Mating Pair.
Stockley Park
8th July 2004 - Same Butterfly (Female).
Stockley Park
8th July 2004 - Male.
Stockley Park
11th July 2005 - Female.
Crooked Mile
11th July 2005 - Mating Pair.
Crooked Mile

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17th June 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male).
Glapthorn Cow Pasture
21st July 2007
Barnhill
21st July 2007 - Female
Barnhill
4th August 2007 - Mating Pair
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
24th June 2014 - Male
Regents Park

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15th July 2014 - Male
Regents Park
19th July 2015
Regents Park
11th July 2015 - Female
Park Wood
31st July 2016 - Male
Bald Hill, Aston Rowant
3rd August 2016 - Female
Burghead
8th August 2016 - Female
Castle Grant, Northeast of Grantown

Ringlet

This species is similar in size and behaviour to the Meadow Brown. When I saw it, it tended to keep moving while the sun was shining, then settle to feed or rest in duller weather.


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11th July 2005
Crooked Mile
18th July 2005
Sharpenhoe Clappers
18th July 2005
Bison Hill Nature Reserve
2nd July 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Horsenden Hill
8th July 2007
Tugley Wood

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8th July 2007 - Mating Pair.
Tugley Wood
14th July 2007 - Same Butterfly.
Sharpenhoe Clappers
4th July 2008 - Same Butterfly.
Chobham Common
28th July 2008
Oversley Wood

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30th June 2015
Sharpenhoe Clappers
11th July 2015 - Same Butterfly.
Park Wood
3rd July 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers
3rd July 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers

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6th July 2016
Park Wood
6th July 2016
Park Wood
24th July 2016
Biskirchen, Northwest of Frankfurt
2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
6th August 2016
Bridge of Bantrach

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7th August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
8th August 2016
Castle Grant, Northeast of Grantown

Scotch Argus

A Meadow Brown sized butterfly confined to Scotland and the Northern-most part of England. It was nice to see hundreds of this Scottish speciality in the first week of August 2016 just as they emerged, and South and Southeast of Nairn they were my most common butterfly.


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2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
2nd August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn

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2nd August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
3rd August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn

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5th August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Banchor
5th August 2016
Banchor
5th August 2016
Banchor
5th August 2016
Banchor

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8th August 2016 - Same Butterfly
Dulsie Bridge
8th August 2016
Dulsie Bridge
8th August 2016
Speybridge
8th August 2016
Castle Grant, Northeast of Grantown
8th August 2016
Castle Grant, Northeast of Grantown

Small Heath

This is a small 2-3cm butterfly. When resting its wings are always closed.


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5th June 2003
Stockley Park
9th June 2003
Stockley Park
24th May 2004
Stockley Park
29th May 2005 - Same Butterfly.
Lasham Airfield
29th May 2005 - Albino.
Lasham Airfield

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28th August 2005
Bicester Airfield
28th August 2005
Bicester Airfield
14th May 2006
Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve
14th July 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers
4th June 2014 - Same Mating Pair
Fishnish, Isle of Mull

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16th May 2015
Ivinghoe Beacon
19th June 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers
5th August 2016
Banchor

Speckled Wood

This 3-4cm butterfly appears to like the woodland areas, and actually camouflages into the shady spots quite well when not moving. This one appears to be the most common butterfly in the Stockley Park area. Note that the late summer to autumn butterflies generally seem to be mostly a lot darker than the spring and early summer ones.


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21st August 2002
Stockley Park
21st August 2002
Stockley Park
11th September 2002
Stockley Park
23rd April 2003
Stockley Park
23rd April 2003
Stockley Park
2nd June 2003
Stockley Park

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25th June 2003
Stockley Park
27th August 2003
Stockley Park
1st September 2003
Stockley Park
16th October 2003
Stockley Park
25th April 2004
Barnhill
10th May 2004
Stockley Park

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21st June 2004
Stockley Park
13th September 2004
Gunnersbury Park
13th September 2004
Gunnersbury Park
15th September 2004 - Same Butterfly.
Gunnersbury Park
19th April 2005
Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve

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19th April 2005
Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve
21st April 2005
Gunnersbury Park
22nd April 2005
Gunnersbury Park
22nd April 2005
Gunnersbury Park
24th April 2005
Barnhill
7th May 2006
Barnhill

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23rd September 2006
Barnhill
14th April 2007
Sharpenhoe Clappers
24th April 2007
Horsenden Hill
26th April 2007
Horsenden Hill
10th June 2007
Glapthorne Cow Pasture Nature Reserve
22nd April 2008
Horsenden Hill

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6th May 2008
Horsenden Hill
28th April 2009
Horsenden Hill
12th June 2009
Park Wood, Ruislip
8th August 2009
Bernwood Meadows
9th September 2009
Horsenden Hill
31st July 2011 - Courting Pair
Heartwood Forest, St. Albans

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28th April 2013
Perivale Wood
14th April 2014
Regents Canal near London Zoo
29th April 2014
Regents Canal near London Zoo
9th July 2014
Regents Park
11th July 2015
Regents Park
19th July 2015
Regents Park

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10th September 2015
Regents Canal
10th September 2015
Regents Park
1st May 2016 - Same Butterfly
Barnhill
8th May 2016
Ivinghoe Beacon
19th June 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers

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3rd July 2016
Sharpenhoe Clappers
6th July 2016
Park Wood
2nd August 2016
Shaw Hill, Southeast of Nairn
5th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
6th August 2016 - Same Butterfly (Right in 1st Picture)
Fornighty, Southeast of Nairn

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7th August 2016
Lethen, Southeast of Nairn
8th August 2016
Dulsie Bridge

Wall Brown

Similar in size to a Speckled Wood (~4cm), but more banded and orangey in colour. This butterfly also prefers sunnier spots. It is also much rarer. While it used to be common, it has disappeared from most inland areas in Southern England and has been confined to the coasts. The Males have extra dark bands in a similar way to Gatekeeper Males. In flight they look slightly similar to Gatekeepers. They are slightly bigger, and fly with more 'purpose' rather than the floppy flight pattern of the Gatekeeper / Meadow Brown butterflies.


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18th May 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Holme Dunes
5th August 2007 - Male
Blakeney
5th August 2007 - Same Butterfly (Male)
Blakeney