A quick change of plan this morning (10th July), as my father got a day pass from the Sturmbannführer, meaning that getting him close to a Purple Emperor was the order of the day. After yesterday's success it had to be a return match at Botany Bay. This proved to be a good decision as between 6 and 8 individual males came to ground repeatedly throughout the day, giving a great deal of pleasure to the numerous visitors.
By 4 pm the cloud had moved in and under humid conditions we saw a change in behaviour, with the first evidence of active mate seeking, including determined sallow-searching and oak-edging around the Triangle area. Another great day amongst good friends and good butterflies - Botany Bay is performing well this year.