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White Letter Hairstreak, Scottish first.

PostPosted: Thu 10 Aug 2017 00:41
by IAC
Hi all,
I managed to find a single White Letter Hairstreak on the Scottish Border today at Paxton Toll feeding on Ragwort on a grass margin backed by a south facing woodland containing Elm, Ash, Oak. Flabbergasted, shocked stunned...all of that and more. The Butterfly as you can see is well battered, but who cares...when I saw it I was screaming inside..hahaha Still cant believe it really. I deliberately annoyed the critter to see it fly as it seemed more than happy to spend the entire day drinking Ragwort. Flies a bit like a Copper, less darting, more hovering, it circled around and upwards towards the canopy. I searched fruitlessly for another, on my return to the Ragwort, the Butterfly had resumed its nectaring...just incredible!! One to look out for till the end of the month perhaps, renewed confidence. Next year will be very, very interesting indeed.

Iain.

Re: White Letter Hairstreak, Scottish first.

PostPosted: Mon 14 Aug 2017 15:14
by jpgn
Brilliant stuff Iain - that's an amazing find. It certainly looks like it's been on an adventure, judging from the state ot its wings! Well done - just rewards for all your hard work.

Jim & Ali

Re: White Letter Hairstreak, Scottish first.

PostPosted: Thu 17 Aug 2017 19:37
by jpgn
Patrick Barkham has written about Iain's amazing find, of a White-letter Hairstreak in Borders, in the Guardian today:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... since-1884

Re: White Letter Hairstreak, Scottish first.

PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep 2017 22:26
by IAC
Cheers Jim, Finding a few eggs on those Elm growing tips come winter will be the icing on the cake....so fingers crossed.

Iain.