This is a female, the males being brighter, with smaller black markings on the forewings. In my garden in SW France. September 2004.
She enjoyed the wild mint by a small pond in my garden in SW France. September 2004.
This is the brighter coloured male in my garden SW France July 2008
The underwing of the male, showing the metallic silvery bands and the patterning.
An overall view of the butterfly. This specimen has a tear in its wing.
A pair mating in my woodland in SW France. August 2008.