Male Brimstone on lavender. These beauties are on the wing again as the new generation takes to the skies. This will be a butterfly from an egg laid this year, as opposed to an overwintering adult from 2007/2008. After supping nectar-they will take cover for a month or so and then sip again just before Autumn wanes, maximising their fat reserves before Winter and waiting until 2009 before emerging from hibernation and finding a happy little female to mate with.
I have a couple of good patches of Lavendar in the garden. This one was feeding all over it. Lighting conditions were difficult with such bright sunshine, the shot looked completely different from one minute to the next as the butterfly changed its position. Backlighting seems to work for me but I do find a little loss of detail in highlit areas.