This image was taken at Collard Hill - National Trust reserve in Somerset in the late evening on the 17th June 2012.
My first outing here and my first sighting of this butterfly in the UK.
I managed to find a couple of the butterflies including this one, having settled down for the night.
Conditions weren't bad but most of all the wind had virtually dropped away which meant I could get some decent close-ups, though I had to very accurate with placing the camera parallel to the butterfly to maximise the shallow dof's I was forced to use, of the three I found, two were very low down in the long grass which limited how much of a clean bg I could get. This one was higher up in the long grass so the aperture was not an issue.
Think I might have been a little late visiting this site as they were starting to look a little worn, this individual in particular was in quite a sorry state, even so it is still exciting to find such a rare butterfly and so close to home!