Woodland Wildlife!

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!

Lee Gardiner visited today and got this fantastic image of the Large Blue. 3rd time lucky for Lee!

Lee Gardiner visited today and got this fantastic image of the Large Blue. 3rd time lucky for Lee!

Newly Emerged Female Large Blue

Newly Emerged Female Large Blue

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!

Pyramidal Orchid John Cuthbert close to the National Trust car park to reach Collard!

Pyramidal Orchid John Cuthbert close to the National Trust car park to reach Collard!

Pyramidal Orchid beginning to flower

Pyramidal Orchid beginning to flower on Collard

Two Tiger Craneflies mating on a bramble they fly from April to August and are relatively widespread across the UK.

Tiger Crane flies mating

Tiger Crane flies mating

Late afternoon I was lucky enough to stumble across an Elephant Hawk moth.

Elephant Hawk Moth

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!

Caterpillar in the woodland area... any ideas?

Six Spot Burnet Moth Caterpillar

Cocoon

Cocoon

 

Fingers crossed the weekend weather doesn’t deter the Large Blues,

 

Rosie

 

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One thought on “Woodland Wildlife!

  1. Rosie,

    The caterpillar is a 6 Spot Burnet moth. They are very common at Collard Hill – I have seen lots there. Thanks for the updates on the Large Blue – I hope to get to the site sometime in the next couple of weeks.

    Regards, Brian Arnold (Swanage Dorset)

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