Two blackish brown butterflies with some beige and orange markings nectaring on a white flower

Small Tortoiseshells. Photo: Paul Swann

Two orange butterflies with black, white, yellow and blue markings resting on a white flower

Small Tortoiseshells. Photo: Paul Swann

Two photos taken by Paul and sent to us with the following comments:

Watched these 2 Small Tortoiseshells at Compton Downo on 23/06/2020 for at least 10 mins and they were totally inseparable and still together whenI  left. They were not hooked up or mating , one seemed to be nectaring, but wherever one went the other seemed to follow.  Dont know if it was pre or post mating behaviour or if one was egg laying.

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