Photo a day year 4 week 47

Once again this week is blue: we have a blue butterfly, a blue tit, a blue moon – oh and very loosely – the blues…

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Chalkhill blue butterflies at Sharpenhoe Clappers

Chalkhill blue butterflies (Polyommatus coridon) at Sharpenhoe Clappers, Bedfordshire.

chalkhill blue butterfly

chalkhill blue

Sharpenhoe Clappers is indeed a chalk hill and appropriately enough there are loads of chalkhill blue butterflies at this time of year. They only live on chalk and limestone grassland in the south of England.

Chalkhill blue on chalk

Chalkhill blue on chalk

They are bigger than the common blue and have a rather attractive black scallop and spot pattern around their wings.

Chalkhill blue on chalk

Chalkhill blue on chalk

chalkhill blue butterflies

chalkhill blues

Photo a day year 4 week 46

This week is green and blue … green man, green caterpillar, blue skies, blue lights…

Not so common blue – Polyommatus icarus

This morning I spotted a flash of blue by the lavender – a common blue butterfly. This is the first time I’ve seen one in the garden and the first time I’ve got close to one. He stayed around for quite a while and obligingly posed this way and that. Quite the model.

You can see from its size compared to the lavender heads that it’s really quite small – smaller than the small whites. It sits with its wings folded most of the time.

What a stunning little creature – really not common at all…