This is a photograph of a lovely male Gatekeeper butterfly, also known as the Hedge Brown (latin name: Pyronia tithonus). I was really pleased that he let me get pretty close – in fact, he fluttered around my head a few times inbetween resting on this ragwort – one of its favourite plants.
Widespread in Southern Britain, these pretty golden-brown butterflies get their common names from their usual habitat of flower clumps near gateways, and hedgerows.
I managed to take a few photographs of butterflies yesterday – helped by the overcast sky I think as they are a little less active on a cloudy day. I chose this photograph to post, however, because of the interesting shape of his wings – he was just about to close them as I clicked the shutter.