As spring melds into summer butterflies can be found wherever flowers are blooming. Thistle flowers attract a wide variety of insects including the beautiful fritillary butterflies.
I hesitate to attempt to identify these butterflies any further as their are quite a number of different fritillaries with very similar characteristics.
Two fritillaries share a flower
Blooms, and butterflies; what better way to spend a summer morning.
Canon 60D, Induro tripod, Kirk King Cobra head, Canon 600 F4 IS lens, and Kenko 25mm extension tube.