Drying out in the early evening sun during a rare break in the otherwise continuous rain this summer. We think that this is a female nymph. The adults are one of the largest insects found in Britain.
Continuous rain and very few sunny days has made photographing anything challenging. On the rare occasions that it has been sunny and dry there has also been a strong wind that has kept butterflies on the wing and seldom static for long. Finding these two coupling in a hollow that sheltered them from the worst of the wind was an amazing stroke of luck.