Who needs blue skies for the Large Blue.

Evening Large Blue supporters!

Although today was blighted with cloud cover and winds there has been significant sightings over the last few days of the Large Blue. The quarry has been a favourite haunt in the overcast weather while the meadow seems to be preferential during sunny spells! Today accompanied by David Simcox and two incredible National Trust Volunteers, we were treated to a newly emerged female, unfortunately due to the cloudy conditions her true beauty was hidden from the men! However as we continued our travels a male was spotted!

Newly emerged female Large Blue, any takers men?

Newly emerged female Large Blue, any takers men?

The Thyme on site appears ideal with various flowers at numerous stages and plenty at prime for egg laying females. Due to the strong phenology between the Thyme and the Large Blue eggs can be expected anytime now if not already!

Thyme!

Thyme!

A few more days of sunshine we can then hope for some further Large Blue activity!

Why not join a group like this enjoying the company of the Large Blue in the coming days!

Visitors enjoying a Large Blue on a grass stem!

Visitors enjoying a Large Blue on a grass stem!

Or even better come to the Large Blue Open day on this Sunday 21st June spending the morning from 10:30 – 13:00 at Collard Hill followed by the Wildlife Trusts Green Down 13:30 – 16:00, keep looking and more details will be posted about the day later this week!

Here are some of our visitor pictures of the past week!

Rosina Robinson captured this amazing action shot!

Rosina Robinson captured this amazing action shot!

Lee Gardiners Stunning Large Blue image!

Lee Gardiners Stunning Large Blue image!

Besides the Large Blue treats, visitors and I were treated to more of Collards life. Marble Whites are now dancing around the shrubbery, we can be sure more will appear!

Here is some of the Mothy Madness we experience on Collard..

6 Spotted Burnet Moth

6 Spotted Burnet Moth

A migrant Bordered Straw Moth, although not the best shot the plant variety of Collard is captured!

A migrant Bordered Straw Moth, although not the best shot but the plant variety of Collard is captured!

There are a number of Stinking Iris now in flower!

Stinking Iris below the Eastern Glade

Stinking Iris below the Eastern Glade

 

Look forward to seeing you all soon,

Rosie

 

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