The next species to find at arnside was the small pearl bordered fritillary,Boloria selene. although it was a bit late in the season for them, hopefully i could find a few still around.
they like areas of open heather ,woodland glades and clearings. near the top of the knott is a large open area facing north which looked perfect for them.
the area in the top right hand corner is where i found my first ever small pearl bordered, another new species ticked off the list for 2011.
Here is my first shot taken
Then by luck found one perched on a grass stem! and managed with some difficulty to get a side on shot
I then watched a female egg laying which was great , but could not get into a position to photograph her. moving on i followed one of the small paths and came across a high brown frittilary feeding !
I then decided to move over to the large area below the car park to find more high brown fritillarys, this area of braken is set out in three terraces and is the best place to see the high browns.
This is the view from the second middle terrace
Down here i found quite a few dark green fritillarys , but found it very difficult to tell the high browns apart without seeing the underwings .
Dark green fritillary
and with beautifull backlighting
and a high brown as a comparison
down on the lower terrace in the more open areas i found several common blues which appeared to be in prestine condition, they are a beautifull species when viewed up close. they were feeding on ragwort flowers which does make a colourfull background in the images .
all shots taken with canon 5d2 and 100mm Macro 2.8 L.
ARNSIDE ADVENTURES WILL CONTINUE WITH THE WOOD ANT STORY!