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!
The Marbled Whites did the dance of love against a fantastic back drop captured by one of the fantastic National Trust Volunteers Mike.
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!
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.
Here is a Meadow Brown nectaring on some Thyme.
This is a rather hungry 6 Spotted Burnet Moth caterpillar smiling for the camera.
Visitor images, who knew the beauty of the Large Blue could be captured in so many different ways!
Hope to see you soon