It’s July and the butterflies have made it! They had an early emergence and are going to have a late disappearance. Absolutely wonderful news considering the awful weather we have had over most of June. They have definitely surprised me this year.
A brief update on today and then on to pictures.
My first Large Blue sighting of the day occurred at 9:50am, at the bottom of the Eastern Glade. My second, third and fourth Large Blue sighting were around the quarry area, around 11:00am. From then on only a handful more were sighted. Then, bands of rain followed by blinks of sunshine occurred. So, after showing visitors around the site, I stopped looking for butterflies in the wind and rain and started Ragwort pulling with other NT members that were already on site.
(Please do not pull up ragwort if you are going to leave it on site, because it sweetens and becomes more attractive, yet more toxic to animals. If you wanted to get involved with pulling ragwort to help maintain Collard Hill and other NT sites, get in touch with head office, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thank you.)
Pictures as promised, firstly from today, then more from visitors who have visited the site in the last week or so and then todays identification challenge to you:
Identification Challenge #1:
Some say this is a Rhodicilla orchid, but some say otherwise. What do you think?
Identification Challenge #2:
I would love to see your ideas, so please do comment below.