14 Flutterbys

Evening everyone,

An especially interesting day today as I was blessed with meeting lots of wonderful butterfly watchers, some with great tales to tell about nature spotting. I always love to meet people who have come from afar just to visit our rare Large Blue butterfly, and there have been plenty of groups that have travelled from the likes of Suffolk and even Glasgow!

Today our Large Blues were very active again, resting only briefly when they stopped at all. Altogether I counted 14 sightings on and off transect between 9am and 5pm, so the rest are hiding away from the cloud in the grass and the scrub! I was pleased that a walking group were able to get a proper look at a Large Blue that visited quite close to us, and I was eager to tell them all about the incredible LB life cycle (find out more here on our page linked below).

Our selection of butterflies today included the Large White, Green- veined White, Marbled White, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Ringlet and the trusty Meadow Brown (the Meadow Browns continue to be very territorial, tumbling mid-air with any poor small butterfly in its path!).

Here are a few photos I took between transects and Large Blue hunts!

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Six spotted burnet moth

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Anyone know the identity of this striking thistle?

 

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Lady’s Bedstraw with our Trust-y (!) flag in the background

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Large White- EDIT: Green- veined white!

The weather is not predicting much sun until around the weekend so I look forward to seeing what’s around this Saturday and Sunday!

See you soon

Gabrielle

Large Blue life cycle: https://ntlargeblue.wordpress.com/life-cycle-of-the-large-blue/

P.s. I found a Canon lens cover around the Western entrance to the site, so if anyone wants to collect it you can call me on the Large Blue line or comment on this post!

 

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5 thoughts on “14 Flutterbys

  1. I think your Large White is actually a Green-Veined White.. GVW has shading on the veins of the hind-wing underside whilst the LW is larger with plain hindwing underside.

    • Fab, glad the rain held off for both of us! I listened closely to see if I could hear the music from where I was as well- but just Collard Hill’s usual music- Bumblebee buzzing and birdsong!

  2. the thistle in your pic is musk or nodding thistle. Sometimes the flower heads droop as there can be no spines behind the flower on part of the stem for a short section of the stem.

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