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