Saturday morning and after a brief spell of early morning sunshine it was starting to rain. In this weather my butterfly transect on Lynchcombe was being put on hold. So instead I re-visited Stoke Camp on the Mendip Hills.
I hoped the dull weather would make the butterflies easier to photograph. This is a Butterfly Conservation nature reserve after all so things should be good.
These seem to out early this year and with their bright colours and bold approach to life it was not a surprise that these were out and about ready to be seen.
During my previous visit to Stoke Camp where were lots of Small Blue butterflies (Cupido minibus) flying around. Today this tiny butterfly was sheltering down amongst the grass. Probably the best place when a drop of rain can be the size of your body – and much heavier.
A string of rain drop pearls.
Do not overlook their big cousin the Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus). The two species do seem to irritate each other.
Its not all butterflies. There are more bumbles bees than anything else. The problem is they a very quick even on a cold morning. They also spend much of their time with their heads down. This makes them really tricky to photograph.