Once the weather improved after lunch , I headed for White Hill , to see how the Chalkhill Blues were getting on . Numbers have exploded since last week , and good numbers of females were seen . Like several of the Blues , the females are brown . My estimate for the species on site was 200+ and that total included a minimum of 20 mating pairs . One pair were getting hammered by a still stiff breeze , so I helped them to a more sheltered place , after a finger shot .
I then visited two Reptile survey areas , and between the two , recorded 10 Slow Worms ,
including this group of four .
11 Adders , including one dead individual , and this male (right) and female , tucked up cosily together . Too late to mate this year , but no harm in laying down some building blocks for next Spring , and 2 Common Lizards , this one trying to blend into the background . Chalkhill Blues were recorded on both sites along with Small Copper , good numbers of very fresh Brown Argus and this Peacock , posing on Old Man's Beard /Travellers Joy . One for Dean on his birthday , and I don't think this is a day flyer , as it was just playing dead on Greater Knapweed . Thanks to Dean/DDD , identified as Dusky Sallow .
And finally , Dean posted a rare , for his area , Small Scabious a while back , and I commented on how we take the species for granted . This shot is just one very small area of the Downs , taken today , and every tuft of light blue , is a Small Scabious .
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