Two days ago I noticed a Large Tortoiseshell high in a birch near a sunny forest path. Unfortunately he, or she, had no intention to come down. After a while I decided to continue walking and a few hundred meters later I noticed a second Large Tortoiseshell. Yesterday afternoon I was on the same place again and.....they had found each other! High in the birch they were sitting together enjoying the sun and from their behavior I learned that they were female and male.
The female stayed high in the birch and liked the advances the male was making but not enough for copulation. After a while the male flew away, patrolling the forest path and a few times he was sitting low enough for some pictures (taken with my smartphone). It's nice to have this species back in the Netherlands but it's also worrying that I do see this species more than his little brother, the Small Tortoiseshell.
But I will not complain, it's a good starter of the butterfly season!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.