Chalkhill Blues

Draycott Sleights

Draycott Sleights

Draycott Sleights is a Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the warm south facing slopes of the Mendip Hills.

Chalkhill Blues

Enter the reserve through the main gate on the left up a very steep up the hill from the village of Draycott. Immediately turn right through the kissing gatet.  The homeland of the chalkhill blues is only a few metres up the hill.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5313

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5313

I miss timed my visit as the butterflies were already a bit worn out.  They just wanted to sit down and rest on the dry grass.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5383

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5383

The common blues were also looked worse for wear.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5041

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5041

Apart from this one that looked beautiful.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5475

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5475

And Finally…

While looking for a wall brown butterfly I came across this gorgeous small copper with its short tails on display.  Against the limestone it had a great pose.

Small Copper (Lycaeena phlaeas) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. 825_5556

Small Copper (Lycaeena phlaeas) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. 825_5556

I never found a wall butterfly.

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