View of a golden brown butterfly with white markings resting on a hawthorn bush

Silver-spotted Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Close up head on photo of a resting golden brown butterfly

Silver-spotted Skipper. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona has been reviewing the many butterfly photos she took in 2020 and has just sent us these two with the following comments:

As we’re all looking forward to the start of the next butterfly season, here’s one from near the end of last season.

I saw this male Silver-spotted Skipper at Fontmell Down on 11/08/2020.  He flew straight past my head and settled on this Hawthorn. He stayed there until I had taken photos from every angle I could think of, then off he went!  The temperature at the time was about 30 C, which is hard to imagine now!

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