Last year I didn't see a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly all through the season. Reports showed that they had declined somewhat during the year because of the appalling weather.
So it was a surprise to see that my first sighting of a butterfly this year was one of that species.
Clearly it is a well worn over winter specimen, but is intact and I was only able to take a few shots and then it was on its way. They are not a colonising species and fly across the countryside and can be found anywhere.
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
|Lumix GH3. 100-300mm lens. 1/640 at f5.3 - 246mm(492) ISO200|