Friday, 29 June 2012

Collard Hill - Large Blue


Collard Hill in Somerset is probably one of the most reliable and accessible sites to see the Large Blue. Having 'passed' on a trip last year due to poor weather, a decent day beckoned and I was on my way.....

It was sunny which is usually a necessity for success, the only problem was the near gale force wind which was blasting over the top - the sheltered lower slopes were fairly sheltered and it wasn't long before I found one nectaring - the distinctive underwing pattern like no other blue!


The upperwing has large black spots, unique amongst the Blues of the UK....




There weren't many Large Blues on the wing, probably less than double figures so it was hard work for photography!


Another chance at the underwing shot was not going to be missed :-)



Marbled White were present in better numbers, flighty and skittish as ever......


Plus a few common species - Large Skipper.....


And a fresh emergence of Ringlet, female seen here.



One or two day flying moths included this Silver Y.


Even a dragonfly or two - mostly Common Darters, an immature female seen here...


I was hoping to check out the nearby site for Glanville Fritillary but the weather and lateness of season made this a pointless mission - oh well, there's alweays next year!

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