Black Hairstreak

In search of the elusive and enigmatic butterfly which is restricted to about 50 colonies in the country and today I was visiting one of those colonies at Glapthorn Cow Pastures in Northamptonshire which is also a good place for Nightingale

I arrived at about 1:30pm (afternoon being the better time to see them) got tooled up and moved into the reserve. I didn’t expect it to be so easy to see them after all the reports I’ve read about how difficult they can be to come down from the canopy, within a minute of entering the reserve I found one feeding on Blackthorn along with a Meadow Brown and a Large Skipper after taking a couple of pics and then nattering to someone I knew I moved on to the “traditional hot spot” for them , and you wont be disappointed, today there was about 6 Black Hairstreaks coming down to feed giving excellent photo opputunities

On then to a familiar reserve Tywell Hills and Dales were I was hoping to get Marbled White, after stopping off at Bedford Perlieus but rain stopped play there. Tywell I got to see Marbled White, Small Heath, Common Blue Butterflies and a Cinnabar Moth

Birds for the day Glapthorn…Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Chiffchaff and Chaffinch

Tywell Hills…Red Kite, Yellowhammer, Common Whitethroat


Black Hairstreak Butterfly

Black Hairstreak Butterfly

Marbled White

Marbled White

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