With the fabulous warm weather over the past few days the species of butterflies flying has literally taken off.
With my first Orange-tip yesterday and lots of Small White too it was not a surprise to find 2 Speckled Wood along a local woodland path. One of them even had the decency to pose in a pretty good position for me. They were around 50 metres apart along the path, but on the return one had moved along the path into the other ones territory and a long battle commenced.
On another stroll today another 4 Speckled Wood were seen, including one that had a good part of a wing missing. Not good for the butterfly so early in its adult life.
Male Speckled Wood.