It does have a saucy way of resting, found only in the male, whose purpose I will leave to your imagination. Meanwhile, it has been an excellent day for butterflies: Comma, Painted Lady, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and this nice little Hedge Brown which I kept disturbing as I hacked away at our over-ebullient hawthorn hedge.
While doing this, I was pondering another butterfly which emerges around now in Oxfordshire and which we never got in our garden in Leeds. Lo and behold, as I put the tools away for the day, one of the very species fluttered prettily on to our flowerbed and I managed to get a pic, albeit from a distance away.
It is a Marbled White, a flying chequers board whose name and colouring evokes cool, shaded halls in a Roman villa, a retreat for the toga-ed, verse-composing occupants from the Mediterranean sun.