By Paladian


As I rather grumpily said yesterday, I went for a hike and didn't see anything much.  I did, however, stuff up the arthritis in my foot, and tickled up an old back injury.  

So, today, with the benefit of hindsight, I settled down in my backyard, right by an overgrown clump of seaside daisies, and waited.  

It didn't take long before I saw a total of 4 butterfly species, a few common-or-garden honey bees, a native bee I desperately wanted to photograph but it was too quick and too clever for me; and a few different hover flies and regular flies.

This is a common grass-blue butterfly - it's tiny, and very flittery so I was pleased it settled long enough, and the light was good enough to capture a bit of its lovely iridescence.  If you are lucky enough to see it  with wings open, they are a lovely soft blue.  It looks even better in "large".

Happy New Year everyone.  Here's to more butterflies and native bees.  

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