Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Hunt for Blue October

Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
I have spent more time than I usually do in the hunt for the blue October butterfly, the Long-tailed Blue. On Monday I decided to join the hordes at the Seaford bank site. The perilous climb was rewarded with two worn male LTBs fighting, one of which landed a number of times on a bed of dead pea plant. We also saw a pair of Clouded Yellows fighting on the slope. I then checked out the Tide Mills without luck, but was instead delighted to find a Small Copper laying on a bank and managed to get some egg shots. A Red Admiral larva on stinging nettles completed an enjoyable day.
start of a wonderful day
fiesty male Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus
the view
the bank
Tide Mills:
Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara

Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus
Everlasting Pea, Lathyrus latifolius
Rosa acicularis, rosehip
Silver Y, Autographa gamma
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas laying egg
Small Copper with egg
the egg
egg blow-up
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, larva
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, larva

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