During the day, temperatures had climbed to 30 degrees. By 8.00 pm the sun was low in a cloudless sky and a raking light pierced flowers of wood sage and yellow lady's bedstraw, Floral motifs of limestone grassland in late June. Thistles were coming into flower, a source of nectar for painted ladies and a food plant for its caterpillars, and knapweed which is a little later. But the ground around the Mushroom Shelter is bare of flowers so what was the attraction?
Having fed on nectar during the day their behaviour changes toward sunset. Painted ladies seek sunlit earth or bare rock, they alight and spread their wings to absorb the heat. That is just what my photographs show.
With the setting sun dropping behind the Langdale Pikes we left the Mushroom Shelter and headed home. A peachy moon was rising as the sun was setting.