Chalk Hills of Draycott

Chalk Hill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_6764

Chalk Hill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_6764

It has been very windy recently which has made it difficult to photograph butterflies.  Especially those that like resting on wobbly grass.  So I headed for a relatively sheltered part of Draycott Sleights to look for chalk hill blues.

Draycott Sleights is a limestone grassland nature reserve hill up the hill above the small village of Draycott.

Small Coppers

The first butterflies I found were instead small coppers feeding on ragwort.  They looked great on the yellow flowers.  However, before I got them in focus they moved on to a nearby bramble bush.

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) - Draycott Sleights, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_6621

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) – Draycott Sleights, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_6621

Chalk Hill Blues

I then realised that looking for chalk hill blues amongst the grass was a big mistake.  Instead, all the blues had moved to the same bramble bush as the small coppers.

Chalk Hill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_6552

Chalk Hill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_6552

Eventually, they started to soak up the sun amongst the grass.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0266

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0266

And feeding on their favourite Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa).

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights Somerset, UK. ID 807_8906

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights Somerset, UK. ID 807_8906

I was very happy to find this pair enjoying the sunshine.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0123

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0123

And finally…

Despite the dry hot weather maybe if they keep doing this their future at Draycott Sleights is safe for now.

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID JB4_7260

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) – Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID JB4_7260

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