Very tatty individual
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Thanks for the agreement. Do you think it's a female?
Possibly discernable features are the faint streak and possibly raggy tail was it hot or windy I'd wait for consensus as its not a prime specimen
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It was very sunny and about 21 degrees. The butterfly seemed to be drinking from some wet mud by the side of the reservoir.
I think the tail's missing, or at least, very tatty.
Yes they do come down to drink in very arid hot conditions when the aphid dews are less fluid otherwise they spend a lot of time in the canopy not noticed they are quite a small butterfly so you did well to spot it. I see them along Oak lined railways in the cloughs and valleys of Yorks where the teerrain sometimes allows you to get above canopies on hillslopes
Yes, I was very pleased to see it, as I've visited this site for many years and never seen one before. I also managed another 9 species of butterfly today including a Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady. Here's a link to my blog
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