Hi good people,
This woodland was the hive of activity for the Large Blue this morning, but the sightings ended following 1 pm, the weather 1, Large Blue 0!
The first Large Blue of the day, during a slight shower, was sheltering on a thistle at the end of the transect route. During warm spells there were another 4 sightings within the wooded area, it seems they were favouring the sheltered conditions, a fair weather butterfly! Today has been a much needed watering for the life at Collard!
Despite the weather the site has been fruitful in many other aspects!
The few days of warm weather has led to the shoots of Pyramidal orchids to come into flower right across the meadow. These orchids naturally occur in Limestone grasslands and will come into flower over the next month!
Two Tiger Craneflies mating on a bramble they fly from April to August and are relatively widespread across the UK.
Late afternoon I was lucky enough to stumble across an Elephant Hawk moth.
Also within the wooded area I came across this caterpillar and on the Eastern Glade a cocoon! These are just a few of the clues of the rich life we can experience as the summer goes on!
Fingers crossed the weekend weather doesn’t deter the Large Blues,