Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Observation - Small Tortoiseshell - UK and Ireland. Description: Nectaring on a pink flower head in a border. These butterflies are very distinctive, but I have seen

Nectaring on a pink flower head in a border. These butterflies are very distinctive, but I have seen so few this year it seemed worth posting. Characteristic almost jewel-like dorsal surface - orange, yellow and black... with blue around edge. Typical brownish ventral surface of wings to afford camouflage.