They're such a beautiful pale blue and a real sign that summer is here. One even sat on my finger for a while!
I mostly saw the blue males (as their bright colour makes them so much easier to spot than the brown females), but I did see one pair mating.
In another week or two this slope will look like it's shimmering in the sunshine as there will be so many chalkhill blues flying over the grass. They're fussy butterflies and like short grass on a sunny slope, particularly this slope. Walk around to the other side of the reserve and you won't see any at all.
There seemed to be butterflies everywhere, including meadow browns, gatekeepers, small tortoiseshells, small heaths, ringlets and marbled whites. Many of the marbled whites had bright red dots on their bodies, which are tiny parasitic mites called trombidium breei.
|Marbled white with red mites|
|This meadow brown also had mites on it|
|Watching me, watching the soldier beetles!|
What a beautiful morning full of wonderful butterflies!