13…Unlucky for some but not when they’re Large and Blue

Evening Everyone!

Today upon Collard the sun was shining but the winds were up! I was treated to 13 Large Blues throughout my day with most of the sightings in the morning and early afternoon. Their whereabouts are becoming somewhat difficult to predict, the sightings were spread right across the site from the Eastern Glade right the way to the end of the Quarry!

Large Blue roosting on the Brambles in the Wind

Large Blue roosting on the Brambles in the Wind

Here is some impressive images sent in to the blog from another wonderful visitor to Collard capturing the true beauty of the Large Blue!

Olly Frampton

Olly Frampton

Olly Frampton

Olly Frampton

Andrew Hickson

Andrew Hickson

Today the butterfly scene comprised of Meadow Browns, Small Heaths (although numbers seem to be falling), Marbled Whites, Small Skippers, Ringlets, Gatekeepers and Small Tortoiseshells.

Here is a Linnet that decided to grace me with its presence!

Linnet

Linnet

 

I have another Soldier Beetle enjoying its time on the Ragwort.

Soldier Beetle

Soldier Beetle

We have some examples of Milkwort about to come into flower! It’s time to see if I can work on my botany skills and ascertain whether this is Common Milkwort or the Chalk species!

Milkwort

Milkwort

Hope to catch some of you before the Large Blue season ends, but if you do come early tomorrow as it looks like rain is forecast for the afternoon!

 

Rosie

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