Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Chalkhill Returns

The Chalkhill Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus cordon)

The prettiest (I think) of the Blue species in UK which can only be found in somewhat limited, but well established locations mostly in Southern England. One brood only occurs between July and September. The species is limited in habitat due to its preference for warm chalk or limestone hillsides. Knapweed and Field Scabious are its favourite flowers and the first place to look to find it.

Male

The female rarely perches with its wings open so I was fortunate to obtain these images.

Female














26 comments:

  1. I agree Roy, definitely the best looking of our 'blues'. They appear to be doing exceptionally well on the local patch again this year.

    You've captured a cracking set of images here...you must have worked your charm on those females?...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes there a quite a few already on the patch I check out.

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  2. Beautiful images, Roy, with amazing detail and rich color. I love the one you chose as a header.

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    1. Thanks Wilma. He was a real poser.

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  3. Lovely set Roy, especially the last one.

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  4. Oh splendid species ! Great pic Roy

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  5. Hey Roy... Amazing shot's with wonderful color,and clarity. How you have them still enough to get these is beyond me!!! You seem to have the magic touch ;)
    Nice header too.

    Grace

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  6. Lovely pictures of the Chalkhill Blue butterfly, very pretty. The best place for these butterflies here in the South is Portland, I have not been to Portland yet, hopefully next week.

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    1. Thanks Lyn, should be seeing the start of some migratory birds going South now as well at Portland.

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  7. I am always impressed with the number of butterflies that you find. You did a good job with these blues. Ours are rather energetic and are difficult to shoot.

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  8. ¡Precioso reportaje de ese bello licénido!. Saludos desde Asturias.

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    1. Hola Belen, gracias y gracias por visitar mi blog.

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  9. Beautiful captures. I haven't encountered this butterfly.....yet! :-)

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    1. Thanks Mandy, yes not likely where you live I would have thought.

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  10. Hello. Your creative sense is graceful.
    The best compliment.

    Thanks for always visiting.
    Greetings from Japan. ruma

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    1. こんにちはルマ
      Thanks Ruma.

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  11. Wonderful to see.
    I have this butterfly never seen.
    It turned Argus does not live in my view in the Netherlands.
    I enjoyed this beautiful series!

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    1. Thanks Helma, yes they only like limestone type soil areas so I doubt you would get them your area.

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  12. It's a lovely butterfly and I too love the photo that you've chosen as a header.

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