Large Blues III
Return visit in the evening to Green Down to photograph the large blue butterflies.
The large blue butterfly is very rare. One of the reasons must be its complicated lifecycle. The caterpillars feed on the wild thyme before being carried underground by the ant Myrmica sabuleti. The ants care for it as if it was another ant. The larvae stay sheltered underground until the following summer.
The Large Blue
I arrived in the afternoon and a few large blues were about. In the strong winds they quickly disappeared over the scrub as soon as they lifted.
The clear star was the small heaths. These were busy little butterflies chasing off any other butterflies that came near including the large blue. Fun to watch but not good news when trying to photograph them.
There are moths too such as the burnet moth.