The Purple-edged Copper

One day earlier I got some poor shots of a Copper on a blooming field. Not enough to be sure enough to determine the species. Was it a Large Copper (Lycaena dispar) or a Purple-edged Copper (Lycaena hippothoe)? Hitting the same field again I’m now confirming it was the latter one, the Purple-edged Copper.

I finally got good shots on a male whereas the day before it was a female flying. The male, with its purple-edged shimmer on the wings, made it quite easy to get clarification on the species. Here’s some photos of this rather small but incredibly beautiful creatures.

After the rain comes the sun

After 4 weeks of poor weather (including pouring rain and temperatures as low as 4 decrees Celsius right before Midsummer) the sun woke up again. Initially I hit the greenery to search for caterpillars of the Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). However, seeing all the butterflies flying around I completely lost focus.

Here’s some of the shots I got. It was lots of Fritillaries and Blues and I’m not good in identifying all those species. Forgive me if I’m wrong on some of my definitions, or if I just leave the species open.