Brown and Orange Hairstreak  with tails on hind-wings

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike

pale blue butterfly with tiny black spots on both fore and hind underwings

Holly Blue. Photo: Mark Pike

When Mark visited Alners Gorse on 23/07/19 not only did he find an early Brown Hairstreak but he somehow managed to get it to pose on his finger!  Mark, the Butterfly Whisperer! Normally these butterflies are seen up fairly high up in trees and only occasionally on lower vegetation.

The Holly Blue was too shy but posed nicely on a leaf for him to take a photo. This would be one of the recently emerged 2nd generation, and can be seen on the wing into early September.

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