Ringlet butterflies are in flight just now! Last Friday, when we were up Corstorphine Hill, they were everywhere but moving far too quickly to be photographed. Similarly along the John Muir Walkway at Musselburgh today, they were flitting round at top speed with a few meadow browns.
This ringlet, which I saw along the Water of Leith on Monday was more co-operative, though it closed its wings as soon as I focussed the camera and refused to open them again! Still, the underside of the wing is very pretty too!
If you're in the UK, then over the next few weeks you can take part in the Big Butterfly Count! From 20 July until 11 August, this project, organised by Buttefly Conservation, encourages everyone to get out and about to record the butterflies they see.
The warm summer this year is good for our butterflies, even though overall they have declined drastically over the past few years.
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