Thursday, 7 July 2011

Airport rescue mission

Berlin's Schonefeld airport has a covered walkway from the bahnhof and with an hour or so to kill, I spotted a couple of Butterflies trapped against the glass.....

The first, a Small Copper was easily rescued but there was an obvious 'Fritiilary' higher up! After a little clamber I let it go lower down - hmmm not one I recognised!!

The most striking feature was the lar ge silver patches on the underwing - which actually shone through to the upperwing!

After realising it wasn't a British native! But then checking out the 'migrant' section of my field guide, I realised what it was!

Crikey - Queen of Spain Fritillary - I doubt if I'll ever see one of them in the UK.....