My plan was to re-felt the roof the shed today , but as the morning was so good , I postponed that job till this afternoon , and went to see how the Chalkhill Blues were doing at the Butterfly Conservation site up on the Downs . On arrival , the sun was just starting to cast it's warmth on the bottom of the slope , but everything was very still . As the sun crept up the slope , the first fewspecimens were seen moving . Eventually , I managed to get close enough to get a shot of a male in that soft light . Easily recognised from above , but a bit more challenging looking from below . As things warmed up , more males took to the air , frantically searching the short ground cover for an emerging female . Having found 8/10 males ten days ago on my last visit , I must admit that I was expecting more than the 25 + specimens that I saw today . I did see two females . one disappearing down the slope , with a string of males behind her , and this one that was much more intent on nectaring than anything the males had in mind for her . Just 7 other species were recorded , the best of which were two fresh Small Coppers . The most used nectar source on the site was Wood Sage/Teucrium scorodonia , another of the Labiate family , and as this Buff-tailed Bumblebee would probably tell , very tasty . A few reptiles were also recorded , one being this very gravid looking female Slow Worm , and a female Adder that was willing to sit for a couple of seconds , before making her exit . Elsewhere , the Chalkhill Blues were still very few , with Brown Argus , like this female , recording twice as many sightings . I did find a second brood Dingy Skipper for the second day running , but nothing more exciting than a female Common Blue , also a second brood specimen , made the notebook . With that job still hanging over me , I headed back to the car , to find a female Large White nectaring on a Buddleia on the side of the lane , and right next to the car , another female Red Admiral taking a rest between ovipositing on adjacent Nettles .
And yes , the shed did get done this afternoon .