View of two brown, orange and yellow butterflies resting on a green plant

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of two pale brown and orange butterflies mating on a green plant

Small Heath. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two remarkable photos sent to us by Shona with the following commentary:

Still on Giant Hill on 15/05/2020, I saw my first ever mating pair of Small Heaths. I also saw this female Marsh Fritillary being pursued by two males – she kept fluttering and walking away from them. One in particular wouldn’t take no for an answer – he kept creeping up behind her and appearing to be sniffing the tip of her abdomen!  What a great butterfly day it was.

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