I was aware of the small population of Green Hairstreak butterflies on Wanstead Flats but I've never taken the time to properly seek them out, so given my luck recently (see last but one post) on the birding front, I took it upon myself to track these little beauties down - and what stunners they are, especially close up. Concentrating my search around the Hawthorn trees - now looking their best in full bloom. I soon found what I presume were two males chasing each other in the sun, before long I had six Green Hairstreaks around one Hawthorn tree. Apart from the obvious emerald green underwing, which flickered turquoise in the light, what struck me most were the white framed Judy Garland-esque bug eyes - for a short while I was definitely starstruck by their beauty!
Saturday, 10 May 2014
As with many of other birders, I have more than a passing interest in nature and in particular anything that takes to the skies - whether that be: bats, dragonflies, bees, moths or butterflies (non-bird related post coming up!).