Today I was away from the hill again, but I was working with National Trust wardens who look after the Mendips learning how to use a strimmer and looking at butterfly habitats at Sand Point. I had a really good day, but I am starting to get attached to my butterflies and part of me was wondering how they were doing and how many were emerging today.
A phone call to the hill let me know that Large Blue’s were flying but not in the numbers of yesterday. The wind was still strong on the top of the hill but the normal sheltered areas were warm. 15 individuals were witnessed today and the first mating pair were seen so things are progressing in the season.
I am back on the hill tomorrow so will have the full picture of the goings on and the number of Large Blue on the wing. Hopefully there will have been another increase in numbers and I really want to witness mating pairs and females egg laying. I hope to find eggs soon and be able to show any of you visiting Collard Hill.