Blues and Browns

Sounds a bit like two rugby teams doesn’t it.

In fact it refers to butterflies. This week I visited Warham Camp in North Norfolk. It is an impressive Iron Age fortification south of Wells-next-the Sea and near the village of Warham. The earthworks which fortified the area are certainly discernible and as bumps in the ground go, this one is impressive. The inner protected area is indeed protected from the outside world and the position of the entrances may be clearly traced.

The chalk ground is teeming with miniature wild life, butterflies, ants, grasshoppers and the like. I was told that the site was the adopted home of Chalkhill Blue butterflies and the local pundits added “You can’t miss them” they are everywhere, but go early in the day.

They were right, there were hundreds of them – once one found the place (and with a sign on the road who could do that… apart from me?!)

it was a short walk to the fort itself. Parking can be a bit of an issue but as long as one remembers one parks before finding the place – all is well. Easy eh?

Let it be known I am not a knowledgeable lepidopterist. To me one blue butterfly is a bit like another. And they move so fast. However I knew that I was in pursuit of the Chalkhill Blue. I was a bit puzzled though by the helpful Norfolk Archaeological Trust’s sign at the entrance to the camp which showed two species of butterflies to be found in the area – the Brown Argus and one which it described as the Common Blue!

Even on the way home again as I passed the sign the picture looked remarkably like the Chalkhill Blues I thought I had been photographing.

No doubt some wise person reading this blog will put me right (I am only a humble photographer) But let it be said for anyone having read this – who wants to go – be quick – I gather the season for these creatures is short and the whatever they are, they are beautiful.

I like this moth – apparently called a Burnet Moth and not a Cinnabar Moth – Quite spectacular

Have a warm weekend.