ST4834 : Large Blue, Collard Hill

taken 8 years ago, near to Compton Dundon, Somerset, Great Britain

Large Blue, Collard Hill
Large Blue, Collard Hill
A female Large Blue (Maculinea arion) egg laying on Thyme. This is one of Britain's rarest butterflies. The original species became extinct in 1976 on Dartmoor, since when it has been successfully re-introduced to a number of sites from Swedish stock, under the auspices of Butterfly Conservation and the National Trust. Collard Hill is the only open access site for this butterfly. The caterpillar will be tended by ants of the Myrmica spp who will carry the caterpillar to their nest to pupate. The caterpillar "sings" to the ants to fool them into believing that it is an ant grub, as well as exuding a sweet sap which is very attractive to the ants.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 487 340 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:6.2016N 2:43.9760W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 487 340
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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