View of two green butterflies mating on the branch of a conifer

Green Hairstreaks. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona sent us this photo with the following comments:

I went for a very windy walk on Upton Heath this afternoon, 23/05/2020 and really did not expect to see any butterflies, but took my camera with me just in case.  I was surprised to see a Green Hairstreak in the area where I have had previous sightings, and even more surprised when I saw this mating pair!

I presume that the tatty one on the right is the male, unless anyone would like to correct me on this?

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