Green Hairstreak taken on nature reserve this afternoon .
This is a female searching for an egg laying site. You can almost see the ovipositor just at the tip of the abdomen. It was a strange looking appendage. I did not get too close 'cos I did not want to upset her; it was nice just being there by chance.
The underside is a metallic green which can shimmer blue and bronze depending on the light reflected by the scales on the wing and the angle of the sunlight. Seldom do photographs show such colour accurately due perhaps to the trickiness of catching it just right and the limited dynamic range of both film and digital photography. Rodosranger has posted a couple of great shots with better detail than this one and shows a more natural approach to the use of colour whereas the depiction above has had the green saturated a bit to indicate the colour as I recollect it.
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