Many-spotted ladybird


This may be the 14-spot ladybird, Calvia quattuordecimguttata.

Whatever its species, it is not one I remember ever noticing before.

Small copper butterfly

Small copper butterfly

A butterfly which, like many species, likes basking on the ground to catch the sun. Small coppers are usually flighty, but this one let me get close enough for a portrait.

This one may be a male: males defend small territories. Notice the chunk missing from the right wing.