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Late Season. August 2016.
Written by Jos   

Chalkhill Blue

 

 

As the season began to wind down, the focus in August turned to a few rare and localised localised species that appear late on the wing - chief amongst them Tree Grayling in Lithuania and Scotch Argus in Latvia. Also encountered a Brown Hairstreak, two Brown Argus, a few more Chalkhill Blues and, rarer still, a vagrant from the south, a Clouded Yellow.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 August 2016 )
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New Species for Lithuania!!!
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 Meleagers Blue

 

Whilst searching for Chalkhill Blues in southern Lithuania on 30 July, I discovered a female Meleager's Blue (Meleageria daphnis) taking nectar from Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) flowers. This constitutes for the first record of the species in Lithuania and the Baltic States. Remarkably, I found a second individual a week later at a distance of 550 metres from the first, this second being a male.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 August 2016 )
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Peak Season. July 2016
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White-letter Hairstreak

 

 

The peak of the butterfly season, with many rare and scarce butterflies seen, taking me to the target of 100 species in the year. Notable finds included Marbled Fritillary, Titania's Fritillary, Cranberry Fritillary, multiple White-letter Hairstreaks and Bluespot Hairstreaks and, best of the lot, a population of Marbled Whites and a Meleager's Blue, a new species for Lithuania.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 August 2016 )
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