|Female Common Blue|
Early visit to Big Waters this morning brought me 7 new Hawker exuvia but far too late to see any emerging, didn't arrive 'till 4.45a.m. Fairly quiet on and around the water as i had a wander around the site with the exception of feeding Common Terns, a fine sight in the improving light. The temperature was fairly cool early on and it was apparent there had been plenty rain overnight so there wasn't much in the way of insects on the wing. The sun eventually began to make its presence felt and the mercury must have been rising with a number of damsels appearing along with a few butterflies. A few Whites, possibly a score of Meadow Browns and a single female Common Blue caught the eye. I was in fact stopped in my tracks by the Blue. Being a female it had that brown tinge to it and i always think , initially, that i have some other species.