Saturday, 16 July 2011

MORE CREEPY CRAWLIES

Out surveying this week in deepest Lancashire and up in delightful Cumbria. Once again the weather was scorching at times and thus ideal for some more insecting.
To my surprise whilst at a top secret location somewhere in Lancashire I noticed a 'fritillary' flyby. Having never seen one of this type of butterfly before this year it just shows that with a bit of effort and getting your eye-in what can be achieved. Turns out it was a Dark Green Fritillary...not as rare as one thinks! missed it with the camera but got the supporting cast.


LARGE WHITE


COMMON BLUE


GREEN VEINED WHITE


SMALL TORTOISESHELL

Up in Cumbria on route home I nipped into a few likely places just on the off chance...


BLACK DARTER


Pair of AZURE DAMSELFLIES doing the business


COMMON DARTER female

thence it was back into Lancs and a first for me the butterfly mecca of the North...
Arnside Knott 
and just before the rain came a quick twitch of said sites mega.


HIGH BROWN FRITILLARY real buggers to get a piccy of, as you get near they zap off into the tree canopy where I got the shot below as it went to roost.


can you see it?


DARK GREEN FRITILLARY


GATEKEEPER
and just one more not a butterfly or dragonfly but a moth. No I'm not going to start a moth list but the name of this little critter is rather cool...


MANCHESTER TREBLE-BAR MOTH

Its about time something avian happened what with all these Yank waders about and Greenshanks surely the Patch is due a goodie or two, so off out to find the blocker.

ttfn

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