Large Blue - Maculinea arion
Picking out an unopened flower
Egg in place on the thyme bud.
A closer view.
Time for a bit of much needed nectaring too.
A hard earned rest.
Cut-leaved Selfheal - prunella laciniata
Also available in lilac
Common Restharrow - Ononis repens
Musk Thistle - Carduus nutans
On Wednesday I managed to get out onto the East Devon Commons for a couple of hours where I was hoping to see Silver-studded Blues at my usual site for them. There were lots of them with females seemingly outnumbering males so they have probably been emerging for quite a while. There were some interestingly coloured females with one looking just like the extinct subspecies masseyi.
Male Silver-studded Blue - Plebejus argus
Typical coloured female
Very blue female looking rather like the extinct subspecies masseyi
Egg laying on the underside of a bramble leaf.
A new plant for me at this site too in the form of
Common Dodder - Cuscuta epithymum
Then onto a well known bog site in search of Small Red Damselfly, I was a bit early in the season
for these these really but I did manage to see two nice new males amongst all the Large Red Damselflies.
Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Small Red Damselfly - Ceriagrion tenellum
Bog Asphodel -Narthecium ossifragum
Round-leaved Sundew -Drosera rotundifolia
Round-leaved Sundew Flower
Southern Wood Ant - Formica rufa