I decided to see how many different butterflies I could spot and identify today – on just a short stretch of wild flowers on the roadside, I spotted these three…. And a few more that flew off before I could get a photo of them!
This butterfly refused to open its wings further out, so I’m not absolutely certain on the full markings. It could possibly be a Small Heath, but there’s probably several other butterflies that look similar!
This one was a little easier to identify – it’s a Ringlet, which is commonly found in woodlands. The large circular pattern on the wings seems to be unique to this type of butterfly, although apparently the actual number and distribution of the rings can vary.
I think this last one is either a Gatekeeper a Meadow Brown. Apparently they are very similar, with the main distinguishing feature being a row of white dots on the hind wing. Of course the hind wing wasn’t visible from this angle, so I can’t be certain.