Many years ago during a visit to Derbyshire I took masses of photographs of blue butterflies only to find that when I opened the camera to extract the film for processing there was no film in the camera...bummer! Having only switched to digital earlier last year I realised that I had not managed to capture many species of butterflies so on Wednesday although it was a little windy I headed off to Bookham Common late mid morning in search of any flutters. To my delight I eventually located a male Common Blue patrolling its territory and regularly chasing off another male and wondered if it would ever come to rest.
Well patience paid off and the male sat on a fern frond soaking up the sunshine.
He was also kind enough to let me capture his underside, so totally different to the blue topcoat.
During one of my other brief stops another male obliged the camera so mission accomplished.
I also saw Small Copper, Peacock, Speckled Wood, some non-stop flying Whites and Orange Tips plus some damsels that I'll share in another post very soon. FAB