Small Tortoiseshell – common they might be (are they really!) but still pretty stunning
We took a stroll around the lake this afternoon. There were very few birds of note but plenty of insects. On our way down The Street, I watched a Humming-bird Hawk-moth feeding on a buddleia bush. Inside the park, the adult Spotted Flycatcher was again in the oaks along the shelter-belt. Several Small Red-eyed Damselfly were on the blanket weed by the dam wall, as was a rufescent-obsoleta type Blue-tailed, whilst a male Emperor was clinging to the reeds. On our way home there were a couple of Red Kite – one looking particularly ragged, circling over the village, with four Buzzard.
My own version of a feeding Humming-bird Hawk-moth – this one is on buddleia
and rufescent-obsoleta type Blue-tailed Damselfly