Female Pearl-bordered Fritillary after mating
I returned to Rewell Wood yesterday at 3:30pm and found two huge hornets patrolling in different areas. There were plenty of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries fluttering around. Until late afternoon they do not settle for long enough to shoot. I was fortunate to find a pair mating. At one point another male decided it would like some of the action but was rebuffed. After the nuptials were over the female remained stationary in the undergrowth for the next 50 minutes.
Three's a crowd
PBF on Bugle
The bed of Bugle carefully manicured so no nasty bits of bracken show up in the pics