The holly blue is the first of the blue butterflies to emerge in the spring, typically in early April, when it can be seen flying around gardens and public parks, as opposed to the common blue which emerges later and prefers wilder country. It is also a rather more delicate pastel shade than the deeper colour of the male common blue, and the sexes are much closer in appearance.
A second brood emerges in high summer, and these are the tiny flying jewels I've seen flitting about the castle in the last week or so. Until now, they have proved very tricky to photograph. You have to approach these skittish little butterflies like a statue lest they take flight out of camera range, and when they do take to the air, it can be a fair old while before they settle down again.
Luckily, they were in a compliant mood today, and I managed to snatch a few shots much to the delight of my sister, who had never had a close luck at one before. She also enjoyed watching me make friends with bees in the library park, actually getting them to sit on my finger as they buzzed through the lavender.
Ice creams, bees, and butterflies! Perfect!
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 10.08.15
|First, a buzzy bee!|
|Had to keep very still|
|Managed to get a little closer. Love the stripy antennae|
|Face on shot|
|They love this little pink flower in the castle hedgerows|