The gatekeeper is a very short lived butterfly of mid to late summer; a pretty golden and black flutterer that always reminds me of the flights on a set of darts, it is normally a very lively species that is darn hard to get a photograph of.
This makes me think that the specimen I have caught sight of today wasn't long out of the packet, as it was the first gatekeeper I've seen, and it was plenty warm enough in the afternoon for flight.
Plenty of other butterflies about today, and I have my first slightly vaseline-on-the-lens ringlet shot for you. I even managed to get a shot of a very twitchy grasshopper, a grasshopper that headbutted my hand when it tried to jump out of my renewed mini meadow..
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