Monday, 20 February 2012

Orange-banded Shoemaker at Wisley

female Orange-banded Shoemaker, Catonephele orites
This morning I set off to the Wisley RHS butterfly exhibit with Sue and Jackie. I knew this would be a curtailed, one water bottle visit so I was pleased to see a new species which is not on the official list of butterflies that are on show. It took me some time to identify it, but finally the web site of the Butterfly Garden at University of Joensuu, Finland, gave me the image I was searching for:
Idea leuconoe, Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe, Tree Nymph
Kallima paralekta, Indian Leafwing
Papilio dardanus, African Mocker Swallowtail 
Papilio dardanus f hippocoonides, African Mocker Swallowtail female 
Papilio polytes, common Mormon female
Papilio polytes, common Mormon male
Siproeta stelenes, Malachite
Siproeta stelenes, Malachite
Troides rhadamantus, Golden Birdwing
Wisley Blue Morphos and Tree Nymphs
Wisley RHS
Snowdrops on crocus bank

Wisley Crocus bank

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