Category: Butterflies

Wall (Lasiommata megera) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK.

Draycott Walls

My return to Draycott Sleights attempting to find more Walls.  Not the wall of rock below but the Wall butterfly  (Lasiommata megera). It was early in the morning and after chasing a few old Chalkhill Blues...

Draycott Sleights - Somerset, UK.

Draycott Sleights

Today I visited the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Draycott Sleights high up on the Mendip Hills. Butterflies Thats enough landscapes.  Today I came to find some Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) butterflies.  As it happened...

Marbled White at Edford Meadows

Edford Meadows

An evening visit to Edford Meadows with other volunteers from the Somerset Wildlife Trust.  This was my first ever visit to this reserve and many thanks to the SWT for the evening and especially...

Marbled White - Lynchcombe

Lynchcombe Steps

A few days ago I came across a group of Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) butterflies while walking around the edge of a field near Castle Cary. So today on one of my regular visits...

Large Blues at Collard Hill

Its been a while since my last post.  There are two reasons for this – first was DIY as my home is extended with a new kitchen; second, the weather has been really bad.  Weeks of...

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

Lynchcombe Steps

Butterfly transect on Lynchcombe again today.  Very hot, and the reserve is very dry but it looks good after a lot of scrub and bracket clearance.  Some interesting butterflies about such as Brown Argus (Aricia...

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Trombidium breei

At Hatch Hill today most of the Marbled White butterflies (Melanargia calathea) were covered in red mites (Trombidium breei).  These parasitic attach to the butterflies bodies to feed from their blood.  They really standout against the black...

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Hatch Hill

I followed by friend Paul to Hatch Hill for a couple of visits looking for variants of Chalkhill Blue butterflies. We had little success, apart from some very friendly small skippers.

Meadown Grasshopper (Churthippus parallelus - nymph)

Stoke Camp at its best

Butterfly Conservation’s Stoke Camp nature reserve on the Mendip Hills is the best place for butterflies in Somerset.  This was a great day in the height of summer.  A great variety of butterflies and...