Following on from my previous post, today it was yet another attempt at the very elusive Brown Hairstreak. On arrival at the site James and I walked into a small area of Blackthorn and immediately a female Brown Hairstreak, that had almost certainly just emerged, flew up in front of James and landed quite deep in a small bush. After a couple of movements it eventually landed on a leaf which allowed a couple of shots before moving to another leaf. On this one it stayed for several minutes, occasionally partially opening the wings. It also walked about a little showing the way the sun hitting the under-wings changed the colours of the butterfly. An amazing experience with this stunning insect. The rest of the day went by without any further sightings, but what a start to the day!!
Female Brown Hairstreak.
I'm sure in the next few days I will be out there hunting for more of these beautiful butterflies.