The Large Blues reign continues…

Hi nature enthusiasts,

Today the Large Blue sightings continued in good numbers with an impressive 29 sightings! There were a variety of moths some which looked to have weathered storm while other newly emerged specimens! It looks like when the sun came out last night the Large Blues were busy as there was a large number of egg laying females this morning!

Here are some of the Large Blues I captured today!

Oh hey!

Oh hey!

Large Blue

Large Blue

This Large Blue has weathered the storm!

This Large Blue has weathered the storm!

Look how deep that blue is!

Look how deep that blue is!

I was treated to a bonanza of butterflies today!

The first Gatekeepers of the season emerged today favoring the brambles!

Gatekeeper!

Gatekeeper!

I was treated to both Large and Small Skippers!

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

There were numerous Large Whites out today also! Truly Large in comparison to the Large Blue!

Large White

Large White

Ringlets, Small Tortoiseshells, Painted Ladies, Small Heaths, Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns! Slowly more and more butterflies are being added into the mix!

I finally managed to grab a picture of the pesky Green Woodpecker- a productive day!

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

I also have some more moths ready for I.D if anyone would like to message in suggestions!

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Come to Collard to enjoy the Large Blues continuing progress!

Rosie

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4 thoughts on “The Large Blues reign continues…

  1. Hi Rosie, Thanks for all the updates. Hoping to come over tomorrow to learn the transect. I think you said 11 (or 2), if either is wrong please could you let me know? Cheers, Ronnie

  2. Hi Rosie.

    Just a thank you note to say how much me and my wife Kath Fletcher enjoyed visiting Collard Hill on Wednesday 24th June, meeting you, and experiencing your enthusiasm for the work you are doing there. I really enjoy reading the blog, and hearing how well the Blues are doing.

    It might interest you to know that Kath’s brother, Steve Fletcher, is David Simcox’s second cousin as referred to in the interview with David here: http://www.dispar.org/reference.php?id=8 Steve never pursued his interest in butterflies, we’re so fortunate that David did!

    Best wishes, John Mildenhall

    On 3 July 2015 at 20:05, The National Trust’s Large Blue blog wrote:

    > Rosie – Large Blue Ranger posted: “Hi nature enthusiasts, Today the > Large Blue sightings continued in good numbers with an impressive 29 > sightings! There were a variety of moths some which looked to have > weathered storm while other newly emerged specimens! It looks like when the > sun cam”

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