Back to butterflying in the garden of our holiday accommodation near Annecy this afternoon. I had been struggling to identify a small species of blue which looked like a brown female of some sort, but with dark marks on the upper-wing (above). Then a similar, more coppery one turned up, and I realised on consulting a field guide that the brown one was probably a male Sooty Copper, and the more orangey one a female. Small Copper is one of my favourite British butterflies, so this was even more exotic.
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