Thursday 24th June

Egg Laying Female with abdomen showing - Sarah Meredith

Evening all,

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 🙂

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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.

4 thoughts on “Thursday 24th June

  1. Hi Sarah, it was good to meet you today. It really was a good day out and worth the 280 mile round trip.

    Thanks again for keeping everyone up to date with your excellent blog.


  2. Hello Sarah
    What a great day. It was third time lucky for me- from Nottingham. This amounts to around 1200 miles travelling, so it was a relief to connect at last. What a star you were finding the egg on demand, do you know each thyme plant personally? We got some reasonable shots but as always there is room for improvement.
    What a revelation it was to discover the Large Blue caterpillar makes the same noise as the ant grub to avoid being attacked by the ants. What an amazing insect. I hope you are successful finding a job in the butterfly conservation field.
    Regards Nigel and Jean.

  3. Many thanks Sarah for all your help, and guidance. I did get some good shots. You may remember the fat guy in the American dungarees. Great day out, although i did miss Vince, but met Nigel and wife, who were great enthusiasts.

  4. great day on the hill, and thank you Sarah for all your help. Missed Vince, but spoke to Nigel and Jean who were great enthusiasts.

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