But she did give an opportunity to see the spot on the forewing , nearest the eye , that is not there on the Brown Argus , and therefore very useful for identification . About the only other thing on the wing was this day flying moth , which I think is a Treble Bar .
When I got home home for lunch , the clouds disappeared and out came the sun , so afterwards , I set off back to Hutchinson's Banks , to try again for the Small Blues . As it usually happens with me , as I arrived at the site , the clouds rolled in again , and the temperature dropped , the two things that you do not need for this species . I walked along the bridleway to the chalk scrapes , and on the way found 5 male Common Blues , tucked up in the grass . 4 were still trying to keep warm with wings open , but one had gone back to closed wings and hang on . This one was very torpid , and was happy to sit on my finger for a close up . In fact , he was even up for a full frontal . Further along the bridleway , I found several large spiders , I think of the hunting type . Every time I tried to get within camera range , they dived out of sight into the vegetation . Eventually , I managed to get a few shots . If anyone has an idea on the species , I would be keen to know . The front to back distance across the legs , was about 3/4 cm . I couldn't get an on top shot for obvious reasons .
Close to the chalk scrapes , I found my first female Common Blue of the season , and from the look of her , she probably wishes she left it another week or so before emerging , desperately trying to get some warmth . After a while , she went into the closed wing routine as well .
I would like to thank Warren , Ken and ShySongbird , for their help with IDing the Chaffinch posted last night .
And finally , having stumped me for some time after finding it , the flower that I found on the ground after one of the windy nights , that's 'weather windy' Warren , turns out to be something we walk past and take no notice of quite often ,
a single flower from a spike on a Horse Chestnut tree . Hope you can get some sleep now .