The view looking towards the cumbrian fells shrouded in mist.
I start off walking up the shale path towards the area where i was shooting the small Pearl Bordered fritts the previous week. Grayling should be out now, amazing camouflage they have and sit on the shale soaking up any warmth , almost straight away i spot one sitting on the rock, my first of the year. i could spend ages watching them , they have so much character ( for a butterfly anyhow! ) flitting between rocks changing there wing angle to face the sun.
i search all the usual bracken looking for High Browns but only Dark Greens are flying , thistle flowers give a good nectar supply so those areas the best to concentrate on. a very damp bumble bee is first subject i shoot!
Moving up to the top of the Knott there is a large abundance of thistle, with plenty of Dark Green Fritts and Grayling all feeding , i must say i have never seen a Grayling feeding before so spent quite a long time watching and shooting them:)
i then noticed an odd looking Dark Green frittilary , i chased it all over the place before getting this image , an aberration where one wing is almost white , with no colour! very odd.
then a female Dark Green , slightly larger than the males with white spots around the wing edges.
there is a steep shale scree nearby which looks very promising for High Brown with tall trees all around
but after quite a long time i have only spotted Dark Greens . but i did find a really beautiful jumping spider ,about 4 -5 mm in length , they are so cute with their big eyes. time for the canon MPE-65 macro lens
a nice view from here , but really need to find a High Brown, there must be one here somewhere!
I make my way down to the opposite side of the Knott where i saw my first ever High Brown fritillary last year so i know its a good area. And would you believe it, A High Brown straight away! newly emerged this morning by the look of it. absolutely stunning.
i follow this one and make the most of a pristine specimen , taking quite a few images on different surroundings.perched on the shale really shows off the colours well :)
and on a white thistle flower, what a superb butterfly :)
after this shoot the cloud came over and the light levels dropped , i found a Dark Green perched up which happily sat for over 15 minutes while it had its picture taken . you can see it is very similar to the High Brown, but the 3 rd spot on the fore wing is off line in the HB , more central in the DG. and of course the HB has spots on the rear under wing , which are clearly visible in the above image.
Dark Green Fritillary
What a super couple of hours i have just had , now its time to take a look at Heathwait meadow to find a few Northern Brown Argus . through the gate and make my way around to the meadow.
And here is where i found these tiny butterflies , it is quite windy so really struggled to shoot these images , they are definitely not sharp enough , much more detail should be showing.
the end of another superb day on Arnside Knott , a really special place , except for one thing!
images shot with canon 5d2, 100mmLmacro & mpe-65 macro lens