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Speckled Wood

This seems to be my personal "Year of the Butterflies", and I confess I have enjoyed finding different species and occasionally finding co-operative specimens that allowed me to record them.

After taking me well away from the path, this Speckled Wood butterfly finally settled on a fallen horse chestnut leaf on the ground and stayed a while to enjoy the sunshine.

 

I will try to visit everyone today, but have to get some small commissions started (and finished!), as well as beginning to repaint the living room.

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Taken on August 16, 2009