Walking up to the hilltop I found a second and third Purple-shot copper, both females. These ladies were feeding on wild thyme. Photographing them was sometimes a bit risky as the thyme was growing on the edge of the path and the slopes were very steep.....one wrong move and my camera with tripod could have been gone.
This is the result of lying down like a bag of potatoes:
Wild thyme was also the favorite of an other little butterfly, the False Ilex Hairstreak (Satyrium esculi). The first time I was very eager photographing this Hairstreak. Later I found out that this was the most common butterfly in the Ardeche.
Meanwhile I processed all butterfly images and added a lot of new images and butterfly species to this website; please look here for the main updates.
Part III will follow soon!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.