Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Green Hairstreak and Other Sightings

Green Hairstreak, one of three seen at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 14 May 2022

There is something intriguing about a green butterfly, probably because the Green Hairstreak is the only green (as opposed to green-veined) species of butterfly we are likely to encounter here in the UK. It was a thrill to see three of these beautiful iridescent insects last Saturday afternoon in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. You can read a bit about the nanoscale structures on the wings of a Green Hairstreak here

We also saw:

  • Small White
  • Peacock
  • Common Blue
  • Speckled Wood
  • Orange Tip. 

We thought we might have seen a Brown Argus, but I'm not convinced as the outer wing markings of the blue butterflies I photographed seem to match those of the Common Blue. I often return to this website for guidance. 

I may not have been posting on this blog for a while, but I have been keeping my eyes and ears open for seasonal changes in the garden and on our walks. We heard our first Cuckoo on 1 May, the day we saw our first House Martins and Swallows. We saw our first damselflies of 2022 on Saturday (14th). 

My Butterfly Conservation 'Garden Butterfly Survey' list for 2022 currently includes the following sightings in no particular order:

  • Small White
  • Large White
  • Holly Blue
  • Speckled Wood
  • Peacock
  • Red Admiral (today)
  • Comma
  • Orange Tip

On our little excursions beyond the garden we have also seen Small Coppers, (and as mentioned above) Common Blues and Green Hairstreaks.  


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P.S. On the rather different subject of birds, you can click here to see my Redwing photograph on the cover of Neil Leadbeater's latest poetry collection, The Gloucester Fragments, a wonderful and inventive collection published by Littoral Press. 


Lowcarb team member said...

Fabulous photographs :)

All the best Jan

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

SAw my first damselflies the same day!

Wilma said...

Wow - those photos are stunning! Gorgeous colors.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, Caroline! Green hairstreaks are wonderful, I've already seen several this year though in previous years the only time I'd seen them was when I took part in a 'Green Hairstreak Survey'