The tables have turned…

Evening Everyone,

Today 24 Large Blues were sited upon Collard, a variety of sightings from egg laying females, to rather battered males. The tables have turned on site, with the majority of sightings occurring on the Eastern Glade and along the main track in comparison to the previous trends in the Quarry. The weather looks similar tomorrow so we can hope for some more successful sightings!

My one true

My one true

Lets lay

Lets lay

The Marbled Whites did the dance of love against a fantastic back drop captured by one of the fantastic National Trust Volunteers Mike.

Mike Hinde - Marbled Whites

Mike Hinde – Marbled Whites

 

Something rather different I came across on Collard alongside a fantastic volunteer Julien was a, Rose bedeguar gall! This is caused by a small gall wasp larvae, the female wasp usually lays it on a rose shoot and the plant reaction is to produce this gall!

Rose bedeguar gall

Rose bedeguar gall

Another interesting find is this Restharrow, this is a limestone grassland species of a creeping plant and the very first flowers have begun to flower on Collard. It belongs to the pea family.

Restharrow

Restharrow

Here is a Meadow Brown nectaring on some Thyme.

Meadow Brown nectaring

Meadow Brown nectaring

This is a rather hungry 6 Spotted Burnet Moth caterpillar smiling for the camera.

6 Spotted Burnet Moth caterpillar

6 Spotted Burnet Moth caterpillar

Visitor images, who knew the beauty of the Large Blue could be captured in so many different ways!

Will Langdon

Will Langdon

Tony Cox

Tony Cox

Stephen Schonhut

Stephen Schonhut

Simon Chidwick

Simon Chidwick

John Cuthburt

John Cuthburt

Francis Kinsella

Francis Kinsella

Debbie Bowers

Debbie Bowers

 

Hope to see you soon

 

Rosie

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