Large Blue Extravaganza


From mating to egg laying the Large Blue daily activities are in full swing. Today I had 21 sightings, largely off the main track, above the meadow and the Quarry. The warming up of the ground has meant wonders for the Large Blue, even with a slight breeze sightings still occurred, although they largely (but not all) occurred from 10:00-14:00.

I think today we can allow the pictures to speak for themselves!

Open Wing

Open Wing

Egg Laying

Egg Laying

Mating Pair

Mating Pair

Egg Laying if you look closely you can see the abdomen action!

Egg Laying if you look closely you can see the abdomen action!

Matthew Oates also decided to swing by and was lucky enough to see a Hummingbird Hawk moth lay an egg and saw the wealth of Large Blues on a walk of the site! Why not do the same and join us on Collard!

Don’t forget the open day this Sunday 10 am at Collard, there will even be opportunities for Foot painting for anyone who fancies a bit of family fun… say hello to the Kestrel!



I shall look forward to meeting lots of you over the coming days



P.S anyone who wants to email pictures from their visit whether it be a Large Blue or not, please email me at



2 thoughts on “Large Blue Extravaganza

  1. It was nice to meet you (albeit not the Large Blue) at the end of the day today. We hope to be back on Sunday. I have looked through my photos and I can confirm a Ringlet sighting.

  2. Rosie – visited yesterday (Thursday), and on the third attempt (over 3 years) saw a LB – but I was lucky, two pros with large lenses had found her waking up on a hawthorn leaf, and pointed her out. she stayed there for half an hour. This was soon after 8am, I arrived an hour earlier from Wales. As still very much a learner with butterflies, I was really interested to talk to them – one had just been to Scotland to tick off sighting a Chequered Skipper, this completing his aim to see (and presumably photograph) all British butterflies! Much swapping of other sightings, Swallowtail, Skippers, Purple Hairstreaks (how do you catch a glimpse of a butterfly that spends its life at the top of an oak tree I asked? Answer – either wait patiently to see it emerge from a chrysalis – first find your chrysalis – or attract them with putrid flesh, which they love!)Returning later I was rewarded by LB activity in the Quarry area, joining quite a few visitors, including an elderly couple enjoying a picnic on the slope above the bank of hawthorns, watching several LBs, flying to and fro, sometimes interacting. I saw some of the other butterflies you mention – Meadow Brown of course, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Burnet Moth, probably a flash of a Skipper. One notable photo I took was of the numerous and vital anthills, looking as if they had been set out in regular lines by ant surveyors. So on a beautiful and memorable summer’s day at Collard Hill my modest ‘butterfly twitcher’ effort was well rewarded at last. The only rarity I missed somehow was the Large Blue Ranger! So thanks very much for your daily reports. Regards, Vic Vic Warren C Eng C Env Visit my (occasional) environmental blog at

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