Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Chalkhill Blue at Mill Hill

male Chalkhill Blue
Yesterday morning was sunny, a good butterfly day I thought so I went to Mill Hill to do my weekly butterfly transect. I was delighted to see my first Chalkhill Blue of the season. There was only one but he was in superb condition. Other sightings were Brimstone 2, Gatekeeper 4, Marbled White 3, Meadow Brown 8, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 4, and assorted Whites.
underside of male Chalkhill Blue

Common Toadflax, Linaria vulgaris
Inkcap, possibly Coprinus species
Inkcap underside of above

Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
view from Mill Hill
Mullein at Mill Hill
Soldier Beetles, Rhagonycha fulva on an umbellifer
a Soldier Beetle, Rhagonycha fulva on an umbellifer
Marmalade hoverfly, Episyrphus balteatus
Lesser Centaury, Centaurium pulchellum
Chalkhill Blue tacking off
tiny (Adonis?) Blue caught in a web. Body length is 8mm
Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis
unusual White Knapweed flower

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