Yesterday morning there was a total lack of wind, very unusual these days in Seaford. I took advantage by heading up on the hill to see the local Marbled Whites waking up. Every year I try to do this at least once, and it is often one of the highlights of my butterfly year.
The previous evening I had spotted 9 Marbled Whites roosting so I knew that there would be some to photograph. I was on the hill just before 5am and the sun was already coming up. It wasn't long before the dew covered Marbled Whites started to wake up and a few shots were taken.
Male Marbled White.
Dew covered Marbled Whites on Viper's Bugloss.
Marbled White warming up.
At around 7am the Marbled Whites had taken to the wing so I decided I had taken enough pictures and I started to leave. Several Small Heath had started flying as the warmth of the sun increased and one landed near the top of a grass blade. It stayed there long enough to get a few shots, very unusual to get one of these very common butterflies posing so well.