Thursday, 30 July 2015

Walking the Chalk.

With a definite lack of warmth and sunshine to undertake my local butterfly transect this morning I decided to drive over to a favourite spot on the North Downs and slowly descended the chalk hillside in search of a particular silvery-blue butterfly.

It didn't take long for me to find a male Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon) perched on the abundant wild thyme but typically with its wings closed as the sun had disappeared. However it wasn't too long before I was allowed a glimpse of its characteristic colourful upper wings. 







When the sun eventually poked through the heavy cloud layer there were Chalkhill Blues fluttering everywhere and occasionally one would sun itself on the pathway in front of my feet.




 

So with mission accomplished and more cloud drifting overhead it was time to gather some strength and ascend that slope. 


Linking to Good Fences hosted by TexWisGirl.

17 comments:

  1. beautiful flutters! love the nice solid fencing and gates, too.

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  2. The butterflies you saw -and captured! - are beautiful! And so is the landscape here:)

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  3. Hello Frnak, the scenery is beautiful. And the Chalkhill Blue is a gorgeous butterfly, the colors are pretty. Wonderful post and images, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  4. Lively. Enjoyed the walk.

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  5. Frank. The Chalkhill Blue is a butterfly I would love to see. I think we will need a lot of global warming before we find it here in Scotland!! I will have to check out how far north it occurs.

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  6. Beautiful countryside with great fenses and butterflies

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  7. That is one sturdy fence, and lovely butterflies!

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  8. First that Butterfly is so pretty. I love the blue color. - Some wonderful fences and views where you found it as well. I enjoyed your post.

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  9. I'm glad you got to see them Frank.

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  10. That is a beautiful furry butterfly. I've never heard of one before - I'll have to check whether we have them here in Canada!

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  11. Beautiful, Frank...the butterfly and the scenery. Really enjoyed this post.

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  12. Stunning pictures, both of the butterfly and of the scenery.

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  13. An unknown butterfly to me, and a different blue again from the holly blue and common blues I get to see up here

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  14. Beautiful photos! I love the butterflies.

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  15. nice and sturdy fence. And lovely butterflies. We had a bad summer so I did not see many of them :(

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