Purple Emperor (Apatura iris)
I thought I was going to get really lucky this morning having come across a male and female iris, on the ground and within one metre of one another, and it was only 8.45am. I of course had high visions of courtship and a mating pair. Sadly, the male was more interested in what a dog had left behind than the pristine female behind him. By the time he’d had his fill she had already departed into the canopy no doubt looking for a more appropriate suitor.