Hello and thank you for visiting.
I took advantage of the fine weather yesterday and visited some former clay pits for a local brickworks that, after many years of hard work by the local authority, have now been transformed into a thriving nature reserve.
As a bonus I bumped into and got chatting with another photographer who is well versed in the habitats and behaviors of the local insect population and he selflessly pointed out the best spots and approaches for getting some great butterfly and dragonfly pictures. As I result I came away with some very pleasing shots of which this is one.
So... hats off to the council for making it all possible and a big thank you to Ian for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm.
This is a Comma butterfly that was once a bit of a rarity in my neck of the woods but while we were there we saw some dozen or so feeding on an ivy shrub that was in flower - this in a year when there has been an alarming drop in the number of butterfly sightings in the UK. So.. a little bit of cheer in what has been a depressing year for butterflies