I arrived at Meathop about 9 am , was fairly warm which makes a change and forecast was for a warm sunny day!!!!! it had rained quite heavy overnight and the main track onto the moss was very much flooded!
the warning sign :)
I made my way to the wooden boardwalk and almost immediately found the Large Heaths flitting around the heather and long grass . as usual they just don't perch on a clear stem to be photographed , and only stay still for a very short time before flying off again, they have to be the most frustrating butterfly to shoot!!!!!!!! i walked along the wooden structure and then made my way onto the moss, it wasn't too wet actually . chasing the butterflies was quite tiring but eventually managed this reasonable image.
a view looking across the moss
walking further onto the moss i got the chance of another well perched Large Heath, this is the final image i got.
Now i will make my way over to Arnside knott , to hopefully shoot the High brown fritillaries.
by now the sun has come out and it is getting very warm , makes a change to say that this year!
i make my way down to the 3rd lower level and find High Browns straight away, very active in the sun and feeding on bramble flowers. this was going to be a challenge to photograph them!
first image one feeding on thistle flowers , and a low level image taken against the blue sky :)
this is the area they are found
High Brown Fritillary
as a comparison, here is a Dark Green Frittillary . note no red circle spots on rear edge of wing
here are a few more views of High Browns
The end of another good day fluttering , but with Arnside being probably the worst place for ticks, i had a few hitch hikers come home with me!!!!!! Arghhhhh counted 18 crawling up my jeans while driving home!
this one has had a huge meal!! NOT ME!
Red colouration from blood!