In search of the elusive and enigmatic butterfly which is restricted to about 50 colonies in the country and today I was visiting one of those colonies at Glapthorn Cow Pastures in Northamptonshire which is also a good place for Nightingale
I arrived at about 1:30pm (afternoon being the better time to see them) got tooled up and moved into the reserve. I didn’t expect it to be so easy to see them after all the reports I’ve read about how difficult they can be to come down from the canopy, within a minute of entering the reserve I found one feeding on Blackthorn along with a Meadow Brown and a Large Skipper after taking a couple of pics and then nattering to someone I knew I moved on to the “traditional hot spot” for them , and you wont be disappointed, today there was about 6 Black Hairstreaks coming down to feed giving excellent photo opputunities
On then to a familiar reserve Tywell Hills and Dales were I was hoping to get Marbled White, after stopping off at Bedford Perlieus but rain stopped play there. Tywell I got to see Marbled White, Small Heath, Common Blue Butterflies and a Cinnabar Moth
Birds for the day Glapthorn…Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff and Chaffinch
Tywell Hills…Red Kite, Yellowhammer, Common Whitethroat
Black Hairstreak Butterfly
Decided on a quick visit to Bullcliffe Reserve since the sun was shining and the days are now longer. Willow Warblers were around so was a Kestrel and Common Buzzards high and riding the thermals, but I was here for butterflies and Small Heaths were now in abundance along with a few Dingy Skippers, a few Orange tip.
Damselfly were seen but at a distance and plenty of Green Sheildbugs
Here we are again don’t seem two minutes since I was here looking at my first Green Hairstreaks and Pearl bordered Fritillary and climbing that hill.
Parking the car in the small car park, near to the Old School Brewery, which today was shut :-(, I was soon for the set off but a Large White Butterfly was taking my attention has I was leaving. I made the climb, that got the old heart going again, it was worth it has you look out over the Morecambe Bay looking down towards Blackpool, brilliant views
Anyway on to the crag very little flying only Brimstone has I made it to the far end of the crag. I decided on going down lower to where it seemed things were more sheltered. It wasn’t long before the hunch paid off, Small Heath Butterflies were numerous, the males doing mid-air battles. There was also a few very worn Green Hairstreaks about and still guarding territory, Dingy Skippers were also still in good numbers along various parts of the crag. Large Skippers were now flying and I found a few along the crag seeing off anything that came near including Small Pearl bordered Fritillary. Brown Argus Butterflies are also out now and the crag held a few today giving good photo opportunities.
A couple of moth species were seen including Mint Moths and Brown silver line