A brown butterfly with white, black and orange markings on a pink and reddish flower

Long-tailed Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

A blue and brown butterfly on a pink and reddish flower

Long-tailed Blue. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two photos of a great find sent in by Shona telling us:

Around lunchtime today, 15/09/2023 I was walking along the footpath at the bottom of Ballard Down, heading towards Ulwell and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this male Long-tailed Blue nectaring on marjoram just beside the path.  He was there for a couple of minutes, then whizzed over the gorse bush behind the marjoram, heading up the Down.  I made my way (rather more slowly) up and round the gorse bush and searched the area for a while but didn’t see him again

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