I counted a total of 66 Small Blues on my Bank Holiday Monday excursion -a very pleasing and encouraging count- including a female ovipositing
The Small Blues were difficult to count because they (mostly males) were solar-powered, scurrying about looking for females. Fortunately, the Small Blues don’t travel far before settling, flying low in short bursts only.
Here are some more images taken on the day …
I found almost all of the Small Blues in a particular area where kidney vetch is regenerating very well.
Here’s another image of a Small Blue collecting salts from a muddy patch. Alwyn.
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