I’m a little late, but it’s better than never!
On Saturday I noticed something fluttering around the garden...
Goodie! Thinks I.
Grab my camera and set off on the hunt:
Now, what's this I spy??
I ended up crawling along on my belly so not to scare it away, sadly it wasn't in the best of places with grass covering much of it.
Whilst waiting for the Small Tortoiseshell to move to a better position I also saw a Skipper land on the grass, I got up to attempt to also stalk it but it flew away :(
However I did spot this Speckled Wood feeding on Cotoneaster flowers... I didn't attempt to stalk this one though.
Thankfully it decided to sunbathe on the wall instead
They seem to like the perennial Wallflower
Anyway, I was out earlier and decided to take some photos, I was wandering around the garden and took some shots of a new Rose I recently planted as the blooms are slowly beginning to open... I bent over and came face to face with another small Tortoiseshell! I swear, I almost head-butted it. I hadn't even noticed it and no need for the stalking as it sat there sunbathing!
I think it's a different one as the wings are ragged and the colours aren't as bright.
And here’s a close-up of the colour on the wings… It looks like it’s almost made from scales.