Sunday, May 06, 2007

A Green Hairstreak Day...






Above - Green Hairstreaks and their habitat, Rothbury.

We ended our trip as the sun came out by checking out a regular site near Rothbury for Green Hairstreak butterflies. We found 3 or 4 holding territories on the bilberry strewn boulders, sheltered from the strong breeze between scattered birches and rowans. Tiny butterflies, they are very difficult to pick up and even harder to follow when flushed. Also here were an Adder, a female that made off as the camera came out, a Redstart sang, unseen and a Swift dashed overhead.

2 comments:

mutterings and meanderings said...

What an amazingly coloured butterfly. I've never come across one of those before.

bb said...

Yes, they're tremendous. Difficult little critters to get your eye on unless you are deliberately searching. Areas of Bilberry and gorse in warm shelterd spots are the places to look.