An especially interesting day today as I was blessed with meeting lots of wonderful butterfly watchers, some with great tales to tell about nature spotting. I always love to meet people who have come from afar just to visit our rare Large Blue butterfly, and there have been plenty of groups that have travelled from the likes of Suffolk and even Glasgow!
Today our Large Blues were very active again, resting only briefly when they stopped at all. Altogether I counted 14 sightings on and off transect between 9am and 5pm, so the rest are hiding away from the cloud in the grass and the scrub! I was pleased that a walking group were able to get a proper look at a Large Blue that visited quite close to us, and I was eager to tell them all about the incredible LB life cycle (find out more here on our page linked below).
Our selection of butterflies today included the Large White, Green- veined White, Marbled White, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Ringlet and the trusty Meadow Brown (the Meadow Browns continue to be very territorial, tumbling mid-air with any poor small butterfly in its path!).
Here are a few photos I took between transects and Large Blue hunts!
The weather is not predicting much sun until around the weekend so I look forward to seeing what’s around this Saturday and Sunday!
See you soon
Large Blue life cycle: https://ntlargeblue.wordpress.com/life-cycle-of-the-large-blue/
P.s. I found a Canon lens cover around the Western entrance to the site, so if anyone wants to collect it you can call me on the Large Blue line or comment on this post!