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Old 05-07-2006, 11:58 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Can somebody please help me to identify a black butterfly I've seen a
couple of times over the past month in my garden. As far as I've been
able to ascertain, it is jet black with no other markings (although it
won't stay still longer enough for me to be certain).


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Old 05-07-2006, 10:29 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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pea_thrower writes
Can somebody please help me to identify a black butterfly I've seen a
couple of times over the past month in my garden. As far as I've been
able to ascertain, it is jet black with no other markings (although it
won't stay still longer enough for me to be certain).

A far as I am aware there are no plain black butterflies native to
Britain, however, there are some which could perhaps appear to be black
- the Ringlet, upper wing surface is dark brown, or the Purple
hairstreak which is dark brown (purple in the sun). You may want to
have a look at
http://www.butterflygarden.co.uk/az_butterflies.htm or the links at
http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/links.htm
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Robert
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In message .com,
pea_thrower writes
Can somebody please help me to identify a black butterfly I've seen a
couple of times over the past month in my garden. As far as I've been
able to ascertain, it is jet black with no other markings (although it
won't stay still longer enough for me to be certain).

A far as I am aware there are no plain black butterflies native to
Britain, however, there are some which could perhaps appear to be black
- the Ringlet, upper wing surface is dark brown, or the Purple
hairstreak which is dark brown (purple in the sun). You may want to
have a look at
http://www.butterflygarden.co.uk/az_butterflies.htm or the links at
http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/links.htm
--
Robert


Ringlets have certainly been flying in the last couple of weeks rond
here (S. Lincs) and appear black. They actually have a couple of faint
spots on each wing but they rarely settle and you can spend ages waiting
for them to be still enpough to see clearly.

Janet G
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Janet Galpin wrote:
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from Robert contains these words:

In message .com,
pea_thrower writes
Can somebody please help me to identify a black butterfly I've seen a
couple of times over the past month in my garden. As far as I've been
able to ascertain, it is jet black with no other markings (although it
won't stay still longer enough for me to be certain).

A far as I am aware there are no plain black butterflies native to
Britain, however, there are some which could perhaps appear to be black
- the Ringlet, upper wing surface is dark brown, or the Purple
hairstreak which is dark brown (purple in the sun). You may want to
have a look at
http://www.butterflygarden.co.uk/az_butterflies.htm or the links at
http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/links.htm
--
Robert


Ringlets have certainly been flying in the last couple of weeks rond
here (S. Lincs) and appear black. They actually have a couple of faint
spots on each wing but they rarely settle and you can spend ages waiting
for them to be still enpough to see clearly.

Janet G


Thank you Janet & Robert, the mystery remains unsolved. The butterfly
I've seen that most resembles mine is a black swallowtail, but.........
I don't believe it can be found in the uk and I could not spot any
markings whatsoever on it.

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Malcolm wrote:

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pea_thrower writes
Can somebody please help me to identify a black butterfly I've seen a
couple of times over the past month in my garden. As far as I've been
able to ascertain, it is jet black with no other markings (although it
won't stay still longer enough for me to be certain).

Although no pure black unmarked butterfly occurs in the UK, it could be
one of a number of very dark ones. As with all identification requests,
it is helpful if you can say roughly where you live - county or nearest
town. Some species are widespread, others are very localised, so your
whereabouts may help pin it down.

Are you sure that it is a butterfly and not a moth? I only ask because
I have difficulty in telling which from what.


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Old 06-07-2006, 02:35 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
 
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Malcolm wrote:
In article .com,
pea_thrower writes
Can somebody please help me to identify a black butterfly I've seen a
couple of times over the past month in my garden. As far as I've been
able to ascertain, it is jet black with no other markings (although it
won't stay still longer enough for me to be certain).

Although no pure black unmarked butterfly occurs in the UK, it could be
one of a number of very dark ones. As with all identification requests,
it is helpful if you can say roughly where you live - county or nearest
town. Some species are widespread, others are very localised, so your
whereabouts may help pin it down.

--
Malcolm


Malcolm,

I live in Dorset.

Cheers

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found your question while looking for a name for the first all Black Butterflys we had ever seen. On Saturday 31st August 2019 while out walking our dog at the lake in Warminster, my wife and I were astonished to see a totally black butterfly we had never seen one before. It fluttered around quite close to us for two or three minutes and we could clearly see that it was jet black with no other markings at all. Just to put the icing on the cake it was joined by another one and the pair flew off together.


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