Monday, 24 June 2013

Searching for Silver-studded Blues

male Silver-studded Blue, Plebeius argus
On Saturday I met Neil, Mark and members of the Lynchmere Society at Lynchmere Common to see if any Silver-studded Blues were present. We did not find any, but it was interesting to see a lovely new site. We drove to Marley Common where an SSB was seen last year. We were treated to an excellent organic salad and sausage lunch in the car park. We didn't see any SSBs but I hope to return in a week if the sun smiles on us. We then visited Iping and Steadham Commons where several SSBs were seen. A Vulcan bomber flew overhead. I will be conducting a walk at this site to see the SSBs next Saturday 29th June:
ant nest under a reptile sheet
ants tending aphids

Bell Heather, Erica cinerea
Clouded Buff, Diacrisia sannio

Lynchmere Common
the search team

Common Woodlouse, Oniscus asellus
wood sculpture
unfortunately people still allow their dogs to roam over the heathland when birds are nesting.

female Silver-studded Blue, Plebeius argus
male Silver-studded Blue, Plebeius argus
male Silver-studded Blue, Plebeius argus
female Silver-studded Blue, Plebeius argus
Vulcan bomber

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