I did not get out and about much today but when I did it was evident that it was a good day for butterflies and especially for photographing them. it was warm enough for them to be active but cloudy enough that they had to stop and sunbathe whenever the sun came out. Red admirals and peacocks are the most abundant species with lots of very smart newly emerged ones about.
The browns don’t bask with wings open as commonly as many other butterflies but even they were basking a lot today.
When I was having lunch I was buzzed by a silver-washed fritillary, eventually it landed on the picnic table beside me and it allowed me to get really close up.
The recent warmer days and nights have seen a considerable improvement in the numbers of insects to be seen with lots of dragonflies and much better moth catches as well as more butterflies.