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Canadian Butterflies 1/2: Camberwell Beauty near Jasper, Alberta, Canada. These butterflies are found throughout Europe (says my book) but not in Britain. Since "Camberwell" is part of London I assume they were once found in Britain but have died out - does anyone know the answer to this?
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Nov 22 2006 21:33 GMT marijke06
that's a beauty! :)
Nov 22 2006 21:39 GMT nothingthing
I've seen it one time in Denmark. Sorrow Coate its called.
Nov 22 2006 23:01 GMT ButterflyShutterfly
Awesome! Nope, can't say that I've seen this kind. I lived very near Canada at one point, but that was before I paid any attention to butterflies (imagine that?! was there really such a time??)
Nov 22 2006 23:01 GMT ButterflyShutterfly
Beautiful find BTW :))
Nov 23 2006 00:50 GMT crucyphot
Never seen ! No idea !
But Wonderfull.
Nov 23 2006 01:30 GMT aquiles PRO
MAGNIFICENT PICTURE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...EXTRAORDINARY FINDING !!!!!!
Nov 23 2006 06:25 GMT Kire403
i wish I know the answer.... great photo anyway!
Nov 23 2006 09:21 GMT biggles
I suspect that when the interest in nature in Britain began in the 18th century, that Camberwell in South London was a relatively rural part and still had such lovely creatures residing there.
Nov 25 2006 21:39 GMT FeatherBirdLady
Looks just like a Mourning Cloak Butterfly to me. . .a North American species........
Nov 25 2006 21:40 GMT FeatherBirdLady
Try this link : http://www.springfarmcares.org/naturesanctuarystills.htm

And check the very bottom right of the page

It's a Mourning Cloak.
Nov 25 2006 21:49 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Thank you FBL!
You have sent me on a fascinating journey and I am grateful for it!
This butterfly is known by no less than four 'common' names - Mourning Cloak (US &Canada), Camerwell Beauty (UK) and also Grand Surprise and White Petticoat. The Latin name is Nymphalis antiopa. Amazing!
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourning_cloak
Nov 25 2006 21:55 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Hi biggles,
see this link for fascinating detail of why 'Camberwell Beauty':
Also see this butterfly's common names (no less than 4!). Fascinating!
Nov 26 2006 07:38 GMT NeiK
Wow! Amazing blue spots on the wings! Splendid capture my friend!
Nov 28 2006 11:04 GMT choices
What a beauty! I never manage to take butterflies... I always scare them away :(
Nov 28 2006 11:12 GMT hamrahi
Dec 17 2006 17:01 GMT Apus
According to my book this butterfly was discovered in Britain in 1748 in the village of Camberwell, which was two miles south of London Bridge and that is how it got its name. Rarely seen in Britain it migrates from Scandinavia but doesn't breed here. Nice picture and interesting facts emerging!
Dec 17 2006 19:15 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Thank you Apus! You're right - fascinating facts! The Wikipedia entry (above) is fascinating too! Thank you for your interest!