Three’s a crowd?

Hi Everyone!

Three certainly isn’t a crowd for the Large Blue. The sightings continue on Collard! This morning at 11:05 a freshly emerged male Large Blue entered the arena! I first spotted at the very top of the eastern glade and then followed it down the hill to the left down into the open field. There was a second sighting by a visitor on sight around the gauze and shrubbery at the entrance to the open field. So it looks as if the season begins! Let’s hope that Collard remains a sunshine paradise tomorrow to provide this gent with some ladies to entice!

Newly emerged Large Blue Male

Newly emerged Large Blue Male

These are the black spots we look forward to of the Large Blue

These are the black spots we look forward to of the Large Blue

The Common blues are somewhat ageing past their prime! However, I was lucky enough to capture this mating pair making the next generation! Now is time to begin to look forward to the second brood of the season of this species!


During the transect today I found that the Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, Small White, Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood! It will be interesting to see as the season goes on how the species composition will change so watch this space!

Here is a very well camouflaged Emperor Dragonfly caught me by surprise in the woodland area of the transect allowing me to get this photo!

Southern Hawker

Emperor Dragonfly

In the last few days I was also delighted to be given the opportunity to see this Hummingbird Hawk moth! Although not the clearest picture it gives you an idea what to look out for on your visit to Collard!

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Also managed to capture this shot of this cheeky little damselfly, any thoughts of what this may be ?



Cheers to another wonderful day upon Collard,




4 thoughts on “Three’s a crowd?

  1. Hi Rosie , Good to see the large blue’s starting to emerge. The dragonfly in your latest post is a female emperor dragonfly , the black line on top is continuos all down its length and the leading edge of the wing vein ( costa) is visible. The damselfly may be an azure damselfly .Hope to pop down myself sometime as i only saw one large blue last year , hope numbers are better this year and keep up the good work .

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