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Holly Blues at Lorton Meadows

Two butterflies with pale blue underwings in mating pose

Holly Blues mating. Photo: George McCabe

George saw this mating pair of Holly Blues at Lorton Meadowns on 05/07/2017.

This is the second brood of the Holly Blue this year. The offspring of this mating will progress to the chrysalis stage, and spend the winter in a crevice or on the ground. A lot of butterflies and moths will be found in non-adult stages in leaf litter, so when you sweep up your patio, think about putting the sweepings somewhere out of the way, rather than burying them in your compost heap.

Gatekeeper at Lorton Meadows

Gatekeeper with open wings on a leaf

Gatekeeper. Photo: George McCabe

George was very lucky with this – he says: “Saw this Gatekeeper in Lorton Meadows. Tried to take a picture only to find the sim card was missing , returned a few hours later and to my surprise it was in the same area and I managed to snap this.” 26/06/2017