10 August 2010

August butterflies

I had been hill-walking for the day, and there were large numbers of Scotch Argus butterflies on the lower slopes of the hill. These butterflies are distinctive for their very dark appearance in flight, and it is surprising to see how much colour they have when they stop to rest. On the way down, several of the butterflies settled on my skin, presumably attracted to the salt.

A Scotch Argus from Soay.

Another recent butterfly sighting, this time on the coast near home, was a Small Copper.

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