Picture took by Jane
This butterfly is normally seen in more sheltered places than our back garden. It is often the only species seen in dappled shade, or in overcast conditions. When a male encounters a friendly female, (who has a more laboured flight than the male) she will fall to the ground or a nearby leaf where, after a brief kiss and a cuddle, the pair mate. Both sexes feed from honeydew, but also take nectar from a variety of plants when honeydew is scarce. We are seeing many more butterflies since the field at the back of our house was left to go wild.