Large blues fly on Collard 2011

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Flight Season has begun!

Today I was showing Christine, our new volunteer ranger for the large blue, around Collard keeping a hopeful eye out for anything blue and fluttering. At first we saw a couple of common blues but then there was something wholly different, a duskier hue with crisp black tear drops on the hind wings. Very thoughtfully the butterfly, a female, perched on bramble for Chrstine and I to get a close look. definitely no orange roundals on the underside, definitely a large blue. Our first of the season and our earliest record for Collard Hill. I snapped it with my very lower powered camera phone so apologies for the poor quality but here’s the snap I took.

First large blue seen by Rob and Christine at Collard

First large blue seen by Rob and Christine at Collard

As it flitted away we caught another sight of the dusky top side. Then as we continued walking round we came across two more, so the flight season is definitely now underway.

The site continues to look drought strained in parts of the Eastern Glade but the wild thyme is just starting to appear

Wild thyme just starting to appear on Collard

Wild thyme just starting to appear on Collard

With clear sun predicted for tomorrow and most of the weekend the prospects for the next few days are looking promising. Keep checking here for the latest updates

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6 thoughts on “Large blues fly on Collard 2011

    • Hi Andy!
      I certainly did, I was pretty surprised to see my first Blue on the 1st, and had a smile on my face for the rest of the day. Sorry for the delay in replying, we’ve been doing the blog handover. Flying in good numbers at the moment we have Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Common Blue and in the last two days our first Marbled White (very early) and Painted Lady. Also previously recorded on site: Small Skipper, Large White, Small White, Brown Argus, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Brown Hairstreak and Green Hairstreak.
      How are the moths doing?
      Christine

  1. Yes, it’s always an exciting moment, the first large blue of the season. With warm weather expected this weekend, the next few days should be very interesting.

    Rob

  2. This is excellent news! Please keep us posted with the sightings as im hoping to visit the beginning of next week. Really looking forward to seeing the Large Blue for the first time 🙂

    • Hi Gillian,
      Sightings are picking up, so hopefully there should be plenty about for you to spot next week. Do check back here for news. It’s amazing seeing your first Large Blue, and the second, and the rest!
      Christine

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