The hairstreak was again, not worth photographing, found high in a tree but other species lent themselves to a photo in sunny conditions. A common dater, female, was a first for the year, shown below.
I have a good feeling about this area and intend to pay a longer visit on Monday morning, trying to catch the hairstreaks as they come down in the morning to nectar on the knapweed etc. I think the vegetation here is good for a white admiral, too, so well worth a few hours. However, long trousers and socks required as there are too many low growing brambles in the undergrowth and these are very adept at wrapping around my sockless ankles!
|female common darter|