A nice new information board on one of the woodland rides. We dipped the Broad-leaved Helleborine and Speckled Wood!
The light needs to be just at the right angle to see the purple colouring. Here it's hardly visible at all.
A bit more... and finally...
In all its glory! Just ignore what it's tucking into!
Or if your not of a squeamish disposition take a look at this close up.
You can actually see the droplets of mineral rich moisture or basically 'poo juice' making their way up along the proboscis. Lovely!
A more aesthetically pleasing shot.
And if seeing this beautiful male wasn't enough an Empress also put in a brief appearance at the same spot. Icing on the cake!
And here's a short video or possibly video nasty ... The saying goes " You can't polish a turd". Well, you can stick a Purple Emperor on it! :-)
On Sunday we visited Alners Gorse in Dorset hoping to see White-letter Hairstreaks. There were plenty around but they were sticking to the treetops.
Alners Gorse isn't usually this busy. There was a Dorset Wildlife Trust field trip led by Mathew Oates. This excitement was caused by Mathew spotting a mating pair of White-letter Hairstreaks high in the top of an elm tree. With this particular species something that is very rarely seen. I tried to get a record shot with my super-zoom..