That picture is a heavy crop, taken with a super-zoom camera (x 42) at full extension.
Today he was again playing shadow games with me ...
... but at one point we had an intimate encounter, when I think he suddenly became aware of my presence:
He didn't like it much and imediately turned around:
Elsewhere, and to follow up on a previous post, my smallest cat (Yudhiṣṭhira) moulted into 3rd instar yesterday. After his moult he was still under 1 cm long, as is obvious in this picture of him next to my baby finger:
Although perspective can distort size pictures, this one is not far off. My finger is touching the leaf and displacing it slightly to one side. This is a tiny cat and certainly not 4th instar. I think overwintering in 2nd instar is not uncommon in Switzerland. We have more protracted autumns than in the UK and recently I have been seeing purple emperors well into September - this male was photographed on 13th September last year (though not in my local woods):