The Enigmatic Large Blue

Hi All,

A much-needed watering occurred on Collard yesterday! In contrast although overcast today was a hive of activity. Today I was accompanied by Will, who has a wide wealth of knowledge and a fantastic asset to work with! We had a stroke of luck today where following our instincts we were able to have various sightings of the Large Blue. Between ourselves and the various visitors on site there were 6 sightings of the enigmatic beauty!

Male Large Blue

Male Large Blue

Male Large Blue

Male Large Blue

The sightings seem to span the enclosed shrubbery areas, with numerous along the bottom of the Eastern Glade. Two sightings within the shrubbery that splits the Eastern Glade from the Lynchets. As well as this there was a newly emerged male travelling up from the shrubs above meadow to the transect section 2, which is the first sighting for this area of the site! Most exciting of all a visitor managed to capture a photograph of an egg laying female in the neighbouring field, which I will hope to share with you in due course!

Here is one of our visitor photos of this week by John Heys!

John Heys shot of a Large Blue on his visit to Collard on the 11th June

John Heys shot of a Large Blue on his visit to Collard on the 11th June

As we can see the day was packed with exciting sightings!

But the fun does not end their… The next generation are on their way!

After completing the morning transect Will spotted a Painted Lady laying this egg on a Woolly Thistle! I shall try to keep an eye on its progress over the coming weeks.

Painted Lady egg... Can you spot it?

Painted Lady egg… Can you spot it?

A Yellow tail moth larva, which can be expected to fly in July to August

Yellow-tail Moth larva

Yellow-tail Moth larva

We were treated to the flight of Small Tortoiseshell, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Large Skippers. The first of the Marbled Whites have been spotted on Collard.

Large Skipper in all its glory

Large Skipper in all its glory

Excited to bring you the next instalment of the Large Blues story of 2015

Rosie

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