Tuesday 2 July 2019

Silver on the Heathland.

Last year I totally missed the Silver-studded Blue season, and I have been keen to try to get another shot of an emerging adult with attendant Ants.

It meant an early start which meant the traffic was quite light so we made steady progress arriving on site at around 7.30.

It was still quite cool, but at least it was still enough to photograph the butterflies in the poor light. It did take a while to find the first one at roost, but at least we had seen one of these little gems. As the sun became stronger the butterflies also came out in force, and suddenly they appeared to be really good numbers of them.

Eventually I did spot an adult crawling out the grass with a couple of Ants, but I couldn't get a decent shot of him in the grass.

In all the time we were there we only saw 3 females, but probably over 50 males. The females are always much better at hiding away, and there were also plenty more to emerge over the next few days.

Male Silver-studded Blue at roost.

The subtle colour of the male Silver-studded Blue.

The forecast was for it to start raining at around 1pm, but unfortunately the rain arrived very early, and heavy at 10.30, so we had to hurry back to the car. We did have plans to go Dragonfly hunting, but that changed with the rain, so instead we headed to Ditchling for a quick look at the Black Hairstreak. It was still drizzling when we arrived there, but gradually enough brightness arrived to see a few Hairstreaks. Just a single record shot taken of a male. 

Male Black Hairstreak.

Despite being a little shattered after a long day Clare was keen to have a quick look at the Chimney Sweeper moths I had seen a few days earlier. After seeing more rain we did find a small number of the moths, so Clare was happy with 2 brand new species during the day.

1 comment:

  1. It is funny how many more butterflies there are down south, compared with up here! We had a lot of new species arrive up here between 2000 and 2010, but we haven't had anything new in a while. I am sure that Gatekeepers or Marbled Whites would love it here, let alone all the different hairstreaks and blues you have!