Welcome to the Butterfly Group

                                                                                      Butterfly Group.


The aim of the group is to record images of British Butterflies,and to enable like minded people to talk about the creatures.( i know it is sad ). The photographing of Butterflies is the prime objective of the group,but interesting wild life images of other animals and plants spotted when searching for Butterflies will be permitted.

I will endeavor to put a message on the group site each week, during the Butterfly season ( Mar./Apr. to Sep./Oct. ) listing the species seen in the park near Shoplands W.G.C.- to find the meadow, park in the main shop car park,cross road via. crossing, turn left pass bus stop, then right at the Doctors. The meadow is straight ahead.

Assuming you are joining our group you will need some sort of camera.

If you have a fixed lens camera, use the macro setting. If you require more magnification, then close up filters can be purchased. These come in a set of three. they can be used singularly or in any combination. They are screwed in position, in place of the lens filter.

If you have a removable lens camera and also require greater magnification, the following is available:-

a)  A set of close up filters :-  as above.

b)  A set of close up tubes. ( 3 in a set ) These fit between the body and the lens, ( telephoto is best ) and can be used in any combination.

c)  A macro lens.

‘A’  is the cheapest and ‘C’ dearest.- By hundreds.

If you require any information about the group or Butterflies in general contact me via. E-mail

lyn.brace1@outlook.com or collar me for a chat on club night.




Updated: 9th June 2019 — 2:14 pm

Print League Competition 1 – Open Colour & Mono Entries 1/10/2019 – Judge: Alan Goldby

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Updated: 7th October 2019 — 11:06 am

League Results 2019-2020

League Print 1 Colour - 01 October 2019 Judge - Alan Goldby

Light Lunch Mediterranean StyleEric Cheek20HELD1st
Fish for TeaColin Brister20HELD2nd
Kjosfossen Waterfall, NorwayJohn Russell20HELD3rd
Bleak MidwinterMartin Parratt19HELDHC
Orangutan Mother & Baby, Semenggoh ForestJune Sparham19HC
Synchronised Take OffCarl Kurstein18HC
Winter Sunrise, PanshangerSteve Baldwin18C
Mammoth Spring Terraces, YellowstoneDerek Dewey-Leader18
Future DendrologistGeorge Stodulski18
Allo Allo, Wot's Goin on Ere?Bill Wastell 17
On the ShelfRachel Dunsdon17
Autumn ColoursPaul Lambeth17
Afternoon Fog over Harbour, Hong KongAndrew Chu17
A-round Mont St MichelJohn Reddington17
View From the TopJohn Ponting17
The FlapperColin Buck17
English RoseJean Wise17
Morning Mist, Ashness JettyIan Houston16
Yellow RosesKen Busbridge16
BruceRoy Ward16
Blue PlumbagoDave Minty16
5 Geishas in Gion, Kyoto, JapanRosa Kawashima16
Olive Grove in Southern SpainKate Wentworth16
Spanish WindmillPatricia Reid15
Croyde Bay Nina Harrup15
PoppyDuncan Mercer15
Garden Through the GateTony Hollick15
Sluggy MacslugfaceDavid Greg14

League Print 1 Mono - 01 October 2019 Judge - Alan Goldby
The Pulpit, Southwell MinsterSteve Baldwin20HELD1ST
Running FreeColin Brister20HELD2ND
High Brandel Landing JettyEric Cheek20HELDEqual 3RD
Light & Shade at WastwaterIan Houston20HELDEqual 3RD
Railway Workshop, Damascus, SyriaDave Minty19HC
EgretDerek Dewey-Leader19HC
The Rickshaw DriverJune Sparham19HC
In the Glasshouse, KewPaul Lambeth18C
In a LineRachel Dunsdon18
Falling with StyleCarl Kurstein18
Whitby AbbeyJohn Russell18
Low TideAndrew Chu18
Kelling Heath Halt Nina Harrup17
Church at Torla-Ordesa, Spanish PyreneesJohn Reddington17
Long ForgottenPatricia Reid17
AlixxiaColin Buck17
DouglasRoy Ward17
Mac in a HatKen Busbridge17
San Stefano Harbour, CorfuDuncan Mercer17
The WalkRosa Kawashima17
Forgotten corner of an Olive Grove in AndalusiaKate Wentworth17
The ShardJean Wise17
Sat Nav UpgradeBill Wastell16
Scary SculpturesGeorge Stodulski16
The ChainTony Hollick16
PaulJohn Ponting15
Southwold IlluminationsDavid Gregg14

17/9/19 - PDI League 1 Open - Judge: Robin Claydon
Running FreeColin Brister201st
Evening OutIan Robertson202nd
Cromer TwilightSteve-Baldwin203rd
That Flaming TromboneKen Busbridge20HC
Female Leopard-Masai MaraJune Sparham20HC
Girls Like To Have FunColin Buck19HC
Trulli Houses, ItalyPeter Fox19
Sunrise in Pu LuongSheila Clementson19
Lanzarote Cactus GardenRob Draper18C
Eagle's NestIain Houston18
Tern Versus GullAndrew C M Chu18
I'm not sure I would be smilingRoy Ward18
Tarn Hows Lake DistrictEric Cheek18
No Way OutMartin Parratt18
Sunset WreckRob Draper18
Peterborough cathedral ceilingAnthony Hollick17
Paratrooper At RestCarl Kurstein17
Andalucia Festival FloatKate Wentworth17
Taking In The ViewRichard-White17
Grey Heron with ReflectionAndrew C M Chu17
On a Shout ThamesDave Minty17
No CyclingDan Dearden17
Tourists in CapriPeter Fox17
Hungry FoxTrevor Chapman16
Female bearded tit on reeds NorfolkDerek-Dewey-Leader16
Bulbuls - Breeding Pair - Ranthambore ForestJune Sparham16
Just YawningPaul-Lambeth16
Within the mistIain Houston16
Last StopDuncan Mercer16
Coloured Houses ReflectedMartin Parratt15
Little Bee-eater with DragonflyBill Wastell15
Relaxing in the parkNina Harrup15
FlowingRosa Kawashima15
Girl on a Pebble BeachJohn Reddington15
BoutDan Dearden15
SeydisfjordurDuncan Mercer15
Peja 13th Century Monastry Church KosovoDave Minty15
Blending InRachel Dunsdon15
Bald EagleTrevor Chapman15
Quick and Tasty DrinkRosa Kawashima15
A garden gate at ClivedenDavid Gregg15
last of the harvest lightDerek-Dewey-Leader15
What Are You Looking AtIan Robertson15
Hanau market GermanyDavid Gregg14
Hollyhocks On Aldeburgh SeafrontSue-Ould14
Red Common Soldier BeetleJohn Ponting14
PollinationPaul Seymour14
keeping DryPeter-Budd14
Autumn RainbowJohn-Russell14
Skye Beach Paul-Lambeth14
Cutty SarkElaine Robinson14
Reach for the sky in SeattleMartin Mellor14
40 Mile Beach Noosa QueenslandBill Wastell14
White Dead NettleGeorge Stodulski14
The Armed KnightSteve-Baldwin14
Night time swimKate Wentworth14
Swiss Garden Old WardenCarl Kurstein14
Pheasant in close upJohn-Russell14
Lovely LadyEric Cheek14
George & MildredRoy Ward14
Feeling SmallRichard-White14
Reflections In The Font Salisbury CathedralSue-Ould14
AzencaColin Buck14
Storm in HanoiSheila Clementson13
Grass FlowerGeorge Stodulski13
RaptureKen Busbridge13
Walkie Talkie overpowers NACFBElaine Robinson13
PontAnthony Hollick13
DeliberatingNina Harrup13
Left Behind In OradourJohn Ponting13
RazorbillColin Brister13
Hungarian HorsemanRachel Dunsdon12
Summer Mist engulfs the Forth BridgeJohn Reddington12
Festival Light PaintingPaul Seymour12
Seaplanes VancouverMartin Mellor12

Updated: 2nd October 2019 — 11:52 am

Howard Centre Exhibition 2019 Results Public Votes

Howard Centre Exhibition Public Vote 2019
Fish for Tea - Colin Brister331
Blizzard - Colin Brister272
Running Wild - Colin Brister203
Beak to Beak - Andrew Chu ARPS184
Hut in the Trees - Rachel Dunsdon155
Winter Sunrise, Panshanger - Steve Baldwin136
Within the Mist – Iain Houston117
Frosty Waterford Morning - Steve Baldwin108
Snow Trail. Lapland - Peter Fox10
At Rest - Colin Brister99
Emerald Lake, Canada - Peter Fox9
Santorini Morning - Martin Parratt9
Waxwing - Andrew Chu ARPS9
A Trip Down the River – Jean wise810
Beach Figure - Paul Lambeth8
Mother and Child - Eric Cheek8
The Jacobite Steam Train - Martin Parratt8
Tulips to Heaven - Anthony Hollick711
Fountain in Blue - Paul Seymour612
Grizzly Mom with Salmon Catch - June Sparham6
Mesquite Dunes - Rachel Dunsdon6
Mr Thoughtful - Carl Kurstein CPAGB6
Railway Workshop, Damascus Syria - Dave Minty6
Street Life, Trinidad Cuba - Eric Cheek6
SU-27 Flanker - Carl Kurstein CPAGB LRPS6
The Herdsman of Etive – Iain Houston6
Watching Over You - Peter Budd6
Beach Figures - Paul Lambeth513
Chital Crossing Padma Talao Lake, Ranthambore - June Sparham5
Little Helper - Pat Ellis5
Misty Sunrise, Cable Beach – Iain Houston5
Streets of Old Hull - Paul Seymour5
Concrete Wall - Duncan Mercer414
Derwent Water - Steve Baldwin4
Light Lunch Mediterranean Style - Eric Cheek4
Lissmore Lighthouse - Anthony Hollick4
Norwegian Harbour - Paul Lambeth4
Sub-Alpha Male Chimpanzee – Kibale Forest - June Sparham4
Fog in Venice - Martin Parratt315
Let's Surf - Colin Buck3
Orangutan – Tanjung Puting National Park - June Sparham3
Petrified Trees, Mammoth Springs - Derek Dewey-Leader LRPS3
Rickety Old Fence - Rachel Dunsdon3
Storm Force, Cromer - Derek Dewey-Leader LRPS3
We Are Sailing - John Russell3
A Quiet Reflection - Carl Kurstein CPAGB216
Boatman at Dawn, Cambodia - Bill Wastell2
BT Tower - Carl Kurstein CPAGB2
Casa Batlo, Barcelona at Night - Bill Wastell2
Gannet Pair - Andrew Chu ARPS2
Great Court - Rachel Dunsdon2
Gringotts Bank – Jean Wise2
Guess What - George Stodulski2
Me and My Shadows - Rachel Dunsdon­ 2
Mother and Son, Cuba - John Reddington2
Old French Church - Paul Lambeth2
Reflections Under Bridge, Olympic Park - Pat Ellis2
The Flying Scotsman - Nina Harrup2
The Red House - Rachel Dunsdon2
View of Table Mountain and Lions Head from Llandudno Bay nr Cape Town S.A. - Eric Cheek2
Woodland Dream - Anthony Hollick2
Yellowstone Stream - Rachel Dunsdon2
Antonio Forcione - John Reddington117
Brandelhow Woods - Steve Baldwin1
Cape Town Shopping Mall - Duncan Mercer1
Derwent Isle – Iain Houston1
Gelati Monastery, Georgia - Dave Minty1
Girls Like to Have Fun - Colin Buck1
Harbour Huts, Norway - Derek Dewey-Leader LRPS1
Icelandic Bridge - Rachel Dunsdon1
Illumination – Jean Wise1
Me and My Shadow – Coming into Land - Carl Kurstein CPAGB1
Panshanger Trees - George Stodulski1
Poppies - Ken Busbridge1
Puffin in Flight - Andrew Chu ARPS1
Ranunculus - Nina Harrup1
Shipping in the Norwegian Fjords - Derek Dewey-Leader LRPS1
Snack Time - Peter Budd1
Sun Bathing - Rosa Kawashima1
Synchronised Takeoff - Carl Kurstein CPAGB LRPS1
Tewin Water Nature Reserve - Dave Minty1
Tourist Rides – I'm Knackered - Peter Fox1
Winter Colour, Rannoch Moor – Iain Houston1
Wise Old Bird - Colin Buck1
Yellow Roses - Ken Busbridge1
A Walk in the Park - David Gregg
Bleaklow Moor, Derbyshire - David Greg
Bloomin' Dahlia - Pat Ellis
Blue Plumbago, RHS Wisley - Dave Minty
Breaklow Moor Derbyshire – David Gregg
Catching up with the News - Peter Budd
English Cottage – Jean Wise
Hanau Market, Germany - David Gregg
Hawthorn on a Misty Hillside - Bill Wastell
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - John Russell
Homeward Bound - Rosa Kawashima
Java Finches – Jean Wise
Mystical Forest - Paul Lambeth
On Titchwell Marsh - Bill Wastell
Preening Flamingo - Derek Dewey-Leader LRPS
Punting in the Rain - Martin Parratt
Scarborough Harbour - John Russell
Sight Seeing at Hatfield House - Rosa Kawashima
Slaltburn bye the Sea – Jean Wise
Sluggy McSlugface - David Gregg
The Pavilion - Pat Ellis
Tree Bracket Fungi - Nina Harrup
Twilight on Luss - Anthony Hollick
Two's Company but Three's a Crowd - Bill Wastell
View of Saltburn from Whitby – Jean Wise
Updated: 23rd September 2019 — 5:42 pm

League Tables 2019-2020

PDI League as at 17th September 2019

AuthorTotal Score
Peter Fox36
June Sparham36
Rob Draper36
Ian Robertson35
Andrew C M Chu35
Iain Houston34
Martin Parratt33
Colin Brister33
Colin Buck33
Ken Busbridge33
Roy Ward32
Dave Minty32
Sheila Clementson32
Dan Dearden32
Eric Cheek32
Kate Wentworth31
Trevor Chapman31
Duncan Mercer31
Carl Kurstein31
Rosa Kawashima30
Anthony Hollick30
Bill Wastell29
David Gregg29
Nina Harrup28
Rachel Dunsdon27
George Stodulski27
Elaine Robinson27
John Ponting27
John Reddington27
Martin Mellor26
Paul Seymour26
Updated: 23rd September 2019 — 5:51 pm

PDI League Competition 1 – Open – 17/09/2019 – Judge: Robin Claydon

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Updated: 26th September 2019 — 5:04 pm

Butterfly Identified

Just to let you know, Andrews strange Butterfly has been identified as an old Ringlet,by Trevor Chapman.
               Have a good day

Updated: 3rd September 2019 — 12:23 pm

What is this Butterfly ?

HELP- this image was taken by Andrew Chu,but we cannot find out what it is.I think it is a Butterfly and not a Moth. So please HELP.

Updated: 3rd September 2019 — 12:22 pm

A Comma.

This was taken in my local meadow,while it was taking a bit of sun.

Updated: 7th July 2019 — 12:38 pm

Various Butterflies By Trevor Chapman


A selection of butterfly photos from this seasons travels.

Black Hairstreak – Had to go to Northhants in June for this rare one.  Distributed on blackthorn growing in woods on clay soils between Oxford and Cambridge.

Green-veined White – Common species with green/black scales around veins on underwing.

Small Blue –  Our smallest butterfly found on chalk grasslands in June. This one was in the quarries of Portland.

Adonis Blue – A butterfly of southern chalk downlands. This one was next to the Cerne Abbas giant in Dorset on a rainy day.







Updated: 19th June 2019 — 11:32 am

Large Skipper on a Scabious

This is a Large Skipper on a Scabious.This was taken on my home patch in W.G.C.on 17-06 -2019. So far this season i have seen the the following Butterflies in this location- Common Blue,Brown Argus,Small Copper,Meadow Brown,Peacock,Speckled Wood,Comma,and a Mother Shipton moth.


Updated: 18th June 2019 — 7:23 pm