A visit to Tag Loop today helped fill in some missing pieces. I was able to get much closer to the Small Coppers here than at Jay House Lane as I could lie down and stalk them with a close-up lens. Being so small and so flighty, it is quite difficult to get close enough to fill the frame with a standard lens, or even a long telephoto.
Whilst many at Jay House Lane colony were on the Creeping Thistle, the thistles at Tag Loop only yielded Meadow Browns, one with odd pale patches on the fore-wings.
The Small Coppers favoured a patch of White Clover along the desire line that leads through some trees towards the weir. They were also nectaring on another plant, amongst the clover, that looks superficially like heather. A type of Milkweed maybe??? Can anyone put a name to this? Sorry, I don't have a stills camera..so no photo.
There were one or two Green-veined Whites kicking about, and one Peacock, with several Gatekeepers along the path, and the ubiquitous Speckled Woods near the trees.
I'm fairly sure that the plant that was crawling with insects yesterday at Jay House Lane was Black Knapweed, which is also present at the edge of Tag Loop, albeit with nothing on it today.
My next question is....anyone got a good site for Purple Hairstreak? I believe there is a spot at Park Wood, Exely, but I don't know the details re access etc.