Last week I was in Buckinghamshire and I did a short walk round Eyethrope taking in a section of the North Bucks way and the Swan Way. It was bright and sunny and the hedgerows were full of flowers. I was amazed at the number and variety of the butterflies.
I saw some Large Skipper and Comma butterflies, neither of which are common in Merseyside.
Comma, Polygonia c-album.
I also spotted a Brimstone Butterfly which led me on quite a chase before I could get close enough to it to take a photo.
As I was walking back alongside the River Thame a large insect flew past me. It had dark wings and a fluttering like flight but was not a butterfly. It came to rest close to the water and in the middle of a bed of nettles, but I had to follow. I had nor seen one before but I realised it was a Banded Demoiselle.
Male Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens.
This was a male which has the dark blue-black band across its wings and the metallic blue-green body colour. Its often performs the fluttering display flight in front of females.
I had been wearing shorts and had got badly stung by the nettles but it was worth it to get this photo.