SKIPPERS, HAIRSTREAKS AND BLUES.

1526 Small Skipper, the old sewage works at West Vale, June 30th 06.


1526 Small Skippers in cop at North Loop, Cromwell Bottom, June 21st 2018.


 1531 Large Skipper, Tag Loop, June 15th 06.

1531 Large Skipper, Hollas Lane Nature Reserve, June 12th 2018. A small population here at present.


1555 Green Hairstreaks mating among the Bilberry, Pecket Well, May 20th 08. Found by fellow moth-er Winston Plowes.

1557 Purple Hairstreak, New Lane, Aug.24th 2012. Captured by day and my only record. A worn and battered individual no doubt washed out of the canopy by heavy showers that morning and found resting on a drystone wall.

1557 Purple Hairstreak, Aug.24th 2012. Same butterfly as above slowly opening its wings to reveal  a trace of the remaining purple scales on the upperwing.

1561 Small Copper nectaring on Ragwort at All Saints' graveyard on July 30th 2017.

1561 Small Copper nectaring on Ragwort at All Saints' graveyard on July 30th 2017.



1561 Small Copper, Mathew Laithe near Lobb Mill, May 31st 2014.


1574 Common Blue (female), Tag Loop, July 9th 08.

1574 Common Blue (male) at Copley meadow, June 3rd 2018. This site holds a very small, possibly endangered colony.


1574 Common Blue at Copley meadow, June 3rd 2018.

1574 Common Blue female sunning itself at Hollas Lane Nature Reserve, June 12th 2018.


1580 Holly Blue, the garden on leylandii, Apr.17th 09. One or two records in an average year - often speeding through gardens without settling for too long. 

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