Hope you are all having a lovely Friday night!
This morning there were 14 sightings of Large Blues while the wind was blowing and the Collard was covered by clouds, but breaks in the clouds allowed for the blues to break out in activity! A bit of bad weather won’t stop the innate need to mate within the males! Late afternoon Collard received a much needed watering! Here is a couple of images capturing the clouds setting in! The weather on Collard can change so quickly, and even in over cast conditions the Large Blues continue their daily lives!
This is a Large Blue I found this morning defying the odds – out in the rain, on a yellow flower!
When identifying to differentiate it from a Common Blue, is looking at the colour of the plant it lands on. Common Blues favour yellow plants such as Birds Foot Trefoil, whereas you are likely to see a Large Blue on pink, purple and blue plants. Necataring or laying on Thyme or nectaring on plants like the Common Centaury or Selfheal.
This Small Skipper seems to be favoring Self-heal as they continue to thrive upon Collard!
Other butterfly treats is the first 2 ringlets I have seen upon Collard as well as another Small Tortoiseshell sighting.
I was lucky enough to come across a Common Darter.
One must see on Collard is the nationally scarce Woolly Thistle, it is another limestone species and equally a great attraction not only for people but for the insects of Collard!
You can see here in Geoff Eatons photo the female Marbled White I spoke of yesterday as she trying to balloon her wings before this young man had his wicked way!