Over at Goldenacre Park, Bramhope, Leeds we headed towards the demonstration garden where we found eight Small Skippers (Thymelicus sylvestris) settled on Lavender. They went almost unnoticed until a slight movement from one of them caught my eye. The park is a riot of colour at the moment, the flower borders are brimming with bold summer colour & is worth a visit if you're nearby.
With this pic I tried to capture three Small Skippers in close proximity to each other. But from this angle the light was actually really low and I admit I had to do a little bit of work to lighten the pic. I took a number of pics but this was the only one that was usable.
A male Small Skipper. The male can be distinguished from the female by the black mark (sex brand) on the forewings which is a curved line of specialised scent scales. You can see it clearly here on the left wing.
I think this is eryngium yuccifolium. I attended the Wellcome Collection exhibition From Atoms to Patterns in 2008 & the morphology of this plant reminded of the atomic structure designs that that featured in this exhibition. From nature to science to design & back to nature!