Caught this little fella in St Ann’s Well park today – a Speckled Wood butterfly – basking in the sun on a warm and hazy autumn afternoon just long enough to allow me to snap a few sneaky pics of him. Occasionally a Red Admiral would flutter past and he would fly up up from his resting place to chase him off before returning to rest amongst the dappled sunlight that shone through the surrounding trees.

Don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these before and, from what I’ve read, I wouldn’t have said that a local park was their normal habitat, preferring woodland and hedgerows as they do. Still, its another one to cross off the list and something to hunt for and chase when there are no storms to be had.