14th August 2015

Butterflies with folded wings: on a day of heavy rain and drizzle, when no self-respecting butterfly has even emerged, I’ll let these photos of butterflies at rest, with folded wings, speak for themselves. It helps to know the open-wing and closed wing look when identifying them so I hope it helps in butterfly-spotting

The creamy-white appearance of the Large White

The creamy-white appearance of the Large White

As individual Green-veined Whites age their green veins, which show when the wings are folded, can get greyer

As individual Green-veined Whites age their green veins, which show when the wings are folded, can get greyer

. Conditions: Rain and more rain. Temperature: Max 17- Min 12c.

This pair of Meadow Browns are mating. The female is paler than the male

This pair of Meadow Browns are mating. The female is paler than the male

What amazes me about the underwing of the Red Admiral is the wonderfully textured and patterned camouflage. I like the view of the curled proboscis in this photo, too- it uncurls to reach deep into long tubes of flowers like this Buddleia

What amazes me about the underwing of the Red Admiral is the wonderfully textured and patterned camouflage. I like the view of the curled proboscis in this photo, too- it uncurls to reach deep into long tubes of flowers like this Buddleia

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