Pyronia bathseba - Spanish Gatekeeper

Pyronia-bathseba-spanish-gatekeeper | PTKbutterflies
Pyronia-bathseba-spanish-gatekeeper | PTKbutterflies

My first encounter with this butterfly was in Southern France. Frustratingly it stayed a distance the other side of a barbed wire fence, hence the rather distant and sub-optimal photographic result... but in 2019 I have had a more lengthy exposure to it, and have realised that in the Andolucian heat it prefers skulking in the shade and is difficult to photograph... These further images were the best I achieved... still leaving something to be desired, but not bad....

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