On Sunday John and I decided to take a trip to see the Heath Fritllaries at Greenscombe Wood, Luckett.
We saw about 35 to 40 Heath Fritillaries. Some were just emerging, their wings still curved and not fully expanded.
Being a sunny and hot day the butterflies were very active making it difficult to take photographs of them, but to be surrounded by these lovely butterflies more than made up for the lack of photos. Sometimes I think it is just better to stand back and enjoy the spectacle of what you are seeing rather than trying to get a photograph.
We found a mating pair sitting on some bracken. The female seemed to be attracting several males and while they were mating other male butterflies were landing near them and on them trying to muscle in on the female! At one point there was the mating pair plus another two males. Eventually the males gave in and left the happy couple in peace!