view ofa Sm. Tortoiseshall and a Peacock sunning themselves with wide open wings touching

Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Ian Ballam

Ian was surprised to see this beautiful Small Tortoiseshell fly up to the equally gorgeous Peacock and then happily settle together sunning themselves on the warm soil at Wyke Down on 27/02/19.

They will both have woken from hibernation because of the very warm weather , but as I post this photo; it is wet and windy due to storm Freya, so we must hope the butterflies have managed to find a suitable place to return to hibernation.

Thank you Ian for responding to my Twitter plea for this super photo.

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