Managed to get out for a short trot across the campus today - I am the work version of a Securicor van - and managed to check out our various meadows and verges.
It's been a bright day, which means a healthy population of bees and butterflies has been about. They love the flowering teasel, and the rosebay willowherb keeps them occupied as well.
A small skipper also nectared long enough off one for me to get a shot of it.
Then over in the herb garden, a huge and shiny peacock was sat upon a buddleia but I never got a chance to get a shot. A red admiral was far more amenable, indeed it kept fluttering around my shoulders and back onto a different flower every time it as disturbed.
It wouldn't show me its wings however. Little scaly sod.
Speaking of scales, the line of blue markings along the bottom edge of each forewing were rather interesting!
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