Creatures of Collard

Good evening all,

There was another successful day on Collard with 8 wonderful sightings of the Large Blue. As a result of the warm temperatures of the past few days they are appearing in more areas of the site. Late morning there was a rather placid specimen which flew from the top by the Hawthorn trees down into the woodland area where it sat almost glued to this spot for some time!

Large Blue in the Woodland Area

Large Blue in the Woodland Area

The Eastern Glade currently seems to be a hub with some fantastic sightings along the bottom footpath where there were numerous dancing around each other looking like there could be a possibility of mating! Although the temperatures seem a little a warm so none were basking today. A surprise sighting was made at the top in the central area slightly lower than the Oak bench! We can hope such sightings to continue over the next few days!

Large Blue on the shrubbery at the bottom of the Eastern Glade

Large Blue on the shrubbery at the bottom of the Eastern Glade

 

Not only were the Large Blues out on mass today but there has been numerous sightings of the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. More moth madness was involved in a number of sightings across the sight of Cinnabar moths. This is not the best picture but there is still time for more!

Cinnabar

Cinnabar

I managed to photograph a rather old Painted Lady, that seems to have made it to Collard!

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

 

I was also lucky enough to see this Four-Spotted Chaser around the brambles on the slope above the woodland! This was quite a show, do look out for dragonflies of Collard they are impressive sizes!

Four-Spotted Chaser

Scarce Chaser

Now onto the plants of Collard!

The first of the Yellow-wort has come into flower, which is common to Limestone grasslands. Its waxy leaves are good at retaining water so are well adapted to arid conditions!

Yellow-wort

Yellow-wort

Yellow-wort

Yellow-wort

One of our visitors has also sent in images of the on site wasp orchid! It is important to make the most of all the treasures on Collard when coming to see the majestic Large Blue.

Gill Sapsed kindly sent in this wonderful photo of our resident Orchid

Gill Sapsed kindly sent in this wonderful photo of our resident Orchid

Just a note also, as it has been getting increasing hot on the hill it is important to bring plenty of water and food to fuel your walk round the site! Plus don’t forget the sun cream! We as a nation need to be prepared for such rarities in the weather!

 

Look forward to seeing you all soon

 

Rosie

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Creatures of Collard

  1. Hi Rosie, thanks for keeping us updated, hope there are still some Large Blues emerging when we come down on the 22nd. Having seen your ‘four-spotted chaser’, I think it looks like it may actually be an immature Scarce Chaser.
    Regards, Adrian

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