Having been out and about in the morning I'd lost my mojo a little, and even a text from JK advising me he was interloping could not stir me from my siesta to get back out.
However, after 30 winks, I decided to go and check his permit was up to date, and we met up on Local Patch Lane, Doorstepshire.
The sun had finally emerged and things were looking quite lively on the wing. My usual species for that spot were about, but it was nice to see a juvenile Blackcap being fed by the male.
Anyway, all of sudden, from near the prime suspect Oak, Jason called 'Purple Hairstreak !'...and there one was, nice and low, showing as well as one could hope really...I managed to clock it in my bins,and stay calm enough to fire off a quick snap before it flitted away. What a great week on the patch ! This was a butterfly lifer for me, so seeing it on my local patch was extra special. Thanks again to JK for a memorable find.
|Purple Hairstreak (female)|