The middle ground.

Evening Large Blue enthusiasts!

Today upon Collard the sun was shining and the blues were out! I was surprised today to have 29 sightings!! The majority of the Large Blues were seen in the shrubbery areas above the main track in the middle of the site. There were 3 sightings on the Eastern Glade and 3 within the Quarry, highlighting the middle ground area as the place to be!

Feeding 'Thyme'

Feeding ‘Thyme’

It has to be admired!

It has to be admired!

Small Skipper sightings continue. Meadow Brown airspace is still off limits for other butterflies, if an unsuspecting Large Blue flies to close to a Meadow Brown it will be soon seen off their property!

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

The Marble Whites continue to flutter around! A few visitors experienced 2 males pounce on a newly emerged female still trying to balloon her wings, seems she was just too irresistible!

Success at last !

Success at last !

A little botanical treat, the Lesser Centaury seems to be thriving upon Collard, this is a calcareous grassland species!

Lesser Centaury

Lesser Centaury

I thought some of you may be interested to see Myrmica sabuleti, the Large Blues underground host! This little guy wanted to enter my clipboard!

Myrmica sabuleti

Myrmica sabuleti

Here is a little treat to share with you from Matthew Oates, this was captured when he visited Collard last week. Matthew was lucky enough to see a Hummingbird Hawk Moth lay an egg and here is the wonderful egg!

Hummingbird egg Collard 19.6.15 - Mattew Oates

Hummingbird egg Collard 19.6.15 – Matthew Oates

Here is the perfect selection of Large Blue shots captured by one of Collards Visitors!

Adrian Dowling

Adrian Dowling

Adrian Dowling

Adrian Dowling

Adrian Dowling

Adrian Dowling

Let me give you another reason to visit Collard…. this view…

Perspective.

Perspective

See you soon

Rosie

 

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