|Butterfly surveying at Mousehold Heath|
|Shield Bug of some kind|
|Male Common Blue|
Yes, you heard me, common blue butterflies! Its been a strange year for these small insects, but it seems they have emerged at last. Obviously I can not count these towards my Strumpshaw 40 challenge, but does this mean my chances of seeing one at Strumpshaw is now looking my positive? I will have to wait until Wednesday to find out. During our survey at Mousehold today, we had about 3 at one section and about 5 or more at another section. We did wonder if some of them were females or brown arguses as both look similar with orange spots on brownish wings, but I think that they were female common blues. No problem in identifying males, however, as the upper wings are bright blue.
|Female Common Blue (I think)|