Caroline

Not a post title that will make much sense really but I always like and excuse for a bit of Quo in a post. Earlier this week Andrew Harrop discovered a small but apparently healthy population of Chalkhill Blue butterflies at the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust reserve at Bloody Oaks Quarry. After our first, mainly rubbish, vismig session of the year Dave Gray and I headed over that way.

Almost as soon as we entered the reserve we came across a male Chalkhill Blue… an excellent if unexpected addition to my County list.

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Chalkhill Blue, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

A few Common Blue around and good numbers of Brown Argus.

Brown Argus, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Brown Argus, Bloody Oaks Quarry, Rutland

Plenty of other butterflies as well but that’s for another post. Here for all you old rockers is a bit of Status Quo and Caroline – their first Top 5 hit. Here the significance of the title comes in – the Chalkhill Blues, Dave reliably informs me, are seen most regularly on Caroline Thistle.

A few Common Lizard were basking by the gate but were hard to photograph, two adults and at least two juveniles.

Common Lizard

Common Lizard

Common Lizard

Common Lizard

There were also 100s of Silver Y Moth on the reserve.

Silver Y Moth

Silver Y Moth

 

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4 responses to “Caroline

  1. It’s actually Carline Thistle (there’s no o in it). Should have stuck with your original idea for a title!

  2. Carline perhaps ……..

  3. John told me his blog post was going to be titled Nymphomaniacs, in reference to the large number of Peacocks and other Nymphalidae around today!

  4. thedrunkbirder

    No Andy… Nymphomanics is coming soon.

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