View of Orange butterfly with black and yellow markings

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of orange butterfly with black and yellow markings.

Large Tortoiseshell. Photo: Brian Arnold

A remarkable early sighting for Brian who has sent us these photos (one of each of the two butterflies he saw) with the following comments:

I went to Portland today 03/03/2020  and saw 2 Large Tortoiseshells at Church Ope Cove. They were flying and settling on the stones by the beach huts, and sometimes on the beach hut walls.

They looked quite fresh, but one of them has bites taken out of the rear wings. They were spending quite a lot of time in the sunshine chasing each other around the beach.  Others there think they may have hatched from eggs laid last year?  

These are the first butterflies I have photographed this year – quite a start to 2020 !!

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