Today saw mixed fortunes on the weather front at Collard Hill, when I arrived on site the sun was shining with blue sky but the cloud was quickly building up from the north west. Cloud isn’t a bad thing especially when photographers are concerned, the Large Blue was flying well from around 8.45am until 9.30am and then the cloud built to a level where activity dropped. Individuals were being found and open wing shots obtained but the numbers were nowhere near what we have been experiencing.
The sun reappeared around 10.45am and all of a sudden the butterflies lifted out of the grass and activity started, the morning transect recorded 17 individuals so I was very happy. Egg laying females could be found very easily and a mating pair were found (which I missed as I was walking the transect!!). We definitely feel we are in the middle of the peak now, things have been very different this year in the build up to the peak, there have been gradual emergence rather than a huge emergence all at once which has led the peak to be later this year in comparison to previous years.
We should continue to see the Large Blue on the wing for at least another week and a half, numbers will start to fall (I imagine) after the weekend but there are amazing numbers around at the moment.
On a sadder note, a female was found today with only one wing left, poor little thing. Individuals are starting to look a little tatty but there are a much bigger number that are still looking very fresh.
I am confident that if you visit Collard Hill over the next week you will not be disappointed, there is a huge amount to see and photograph. I look forward to greeting you on site 🙂