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Roosting Chalk Hill Blues ...

By Greyheron
A pair of Chalk Hill Blue butterflies waiting for the sun to dry them off - from my trip to the Kent Downs earlier in the week...

This species lives in discrete colonies where its foodplant, Horseshoe Vetch, is found. It is a warmth-loving butterfly, and is typically found on sheltered, south-facing hillsides. It can be found roosting communally on grass stems at the lower slopes of a hillside, occasionally with several individuals on the same stem... this butterfly is confined to calcareous grassland in southern England and has declined in some areas during recent decades ... even though the population trend is one of increase, there is a worrying decline in distribution. This butterfly is of conservation concern.

Tags: Macro Kent Butterfly Close-up Pair Roosting Wildlife and nature Chalk hill blue GX7 Mike taylor

Voters: Philip_H, Niknut, optik and 56 more

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25 Jul 2015 6:10PM
Just wonderful, Mike!!!Smile
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 8:10PM
Great shot, Mike.
DonMc 12 4 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2015 8:13PM
I have not seen any in Essex, that is for sure Mike. Cracking good image!Smile
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
25 Jul 2015 8:43PM
Superb Mike. Love the angle on the stalk,both butterflies facing each other and well detailed, unobtrusive BG. It's got it all.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
25 Jul 2015 10:16PM
A super image of these males Mike, I've hardly seen any females of the species yet
PranavMishra 8 52 18 India
26 Jul 2015 1:09AM
26 Jul 2015 11:32AM
First class captureSmile

jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2015 11:33AM
Great image with superb detail and colour accompanied by an interesting write up, nice one.
Greyheron 19 282 7 England
26 Jul 2015 1:03PM
My thanks to one and all for viewing, voting and your comments - very much appreciated Smile

Steve and Ron - feeling spoilt by your generous User Awards - thank you both very much indeed Grin

johnke Plus
8 223 16 England
26 Jul 2015 1:09PM
I love the light and detail Mike, lots of action too...John
Greyheron 19 282 7 England
26 Jul 2015 1:53PM
Cheers, John Smile

26 Jul 2015 7:48PM
Stunning image. Superb detail, colours & bg.
26 Jul 2015 9:58PM
Superb capture Mike..Lin
27 Jul 2015 4:42PM
I bet they need a rest too . Another beautiful image Mike.

Greyheron 19 282 7 England
27 Jul 2015 5:37PM
Lin, Fred and John, thank you for your comments and support Smile

Greyheron 19 282 7 England
2 Jan 2016 12:19PM
Many thanks for your UA, Ernie Smile


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