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Friday, 12 June 2015

Big 'n Blue...

The Large Blue is on the wing again right now and what stunning butterflies they are too. I saw them a couple of years back and the thrill of seeing one never diminishes. Unfortunately the native Large Blue became extinct in 1979, following that a major reintroduction programme was started with Swedish stock being introduced to 11+ sites, mostly in the south-west of England.

Thanks to Dave Helliar for supplying the photos below. Apparently reluctant to open its wings Dave got these beautiful underside shots instead:

Large Blue Maculinea arion: Dave Helliar
Large Blue Maculinea arion: Dave Helliar
Large Blue Maculinea arion: Dave Helliar
Dave also had a Hummingbird Hawk-moth feeding in his garden on the same day...

Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum: D. Helliar
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum: D. Helliar
Those are great shots for a bridge camera.

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