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