Thursday, 13 October 2011

Nettle Tree Butterfly

It is always a nice surprise when out in the countryside and finding something you were not expecting or even considering that you might see.This was the case with the Nettle Tree butterfly, while wandering in the hills and olive groves on the Greek Island of Lefkada.An unusual butterfly to look at but nonetheless splendid  in its new colours.This male and female were seen at the end of May and had no doubt recently emerged.This species is on the wing to August when it then hibernates until spring.
The females under hind wing is light brown with buff or pinkish tints when fresh,whereas the males under hind wing is more  grey in colour.