Monday 21st June

Large Blue at rest - Sarah Meredith

Evening all,

Today saw filming on the hill and a very hot day. The Large Blue’s were on the wing pre 9am due to the higher air temperature. By 9.30am the males were flying around rapidly and females could be found egg laying. This was good as we had a high order to meet for the filming, ideally we wanted egg laying females, stationary males and mating pairs!! Not too much to ask for really.

We managed to get egg laying females and brief stationary males, if you were on the hill today you would have heard ‘quick camera’ ‘yes it has landed’ and ‘follow that butterfly’. It was quite amusing really. We didn’t manage to film mating pairs but we cannot have every thing.

Large Blue’s were flying in really good numbers all morning, the site felt really busy with Large Blue’s it was great. Again they were flying close to the main track, on the eastern slopes and the western slopes.  The site stayed busy with butterflies and people until around 3pm, when the butterflies went quiet and people started to disperse.

Large Blue numbers are nearly at their peak now, but a lot of the individuals are looking very fresh still. Today’s transect saw around 25 Large Blue’s being counted and while on transect we watched a Small Heath female laying. Small Heath’s have a place in heart after studying them last summer, so it was great to see them laying once again. Six-spot Burnet moths are slowly emerging with several being seen flying across site along with Cinnabar moths.

I hope you visit Collard over the coming weeks and see what the site has to offer.

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About largebluewarden

I am the Large Blue warden for Collard Hill, and will be on site Wednesday through to Sunday with other volunteers. I graduated in December 2009 from Reading University, with an MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Before coming to Glastonbury to work with the Large Blue, I was carrying out research into the Glanville Fritillary on the Isle of Wight. While my thesis for my Msc was looking at ‘The habitat requirements of the Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus in the uplands’. Butterflies and photography are my passion and I am looking forward to a great flight season on Collard Hill and hope to meet many of you who are reading this blog.

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