Monday, 3 August 2015

Bongonaut Fell Adventures

Glorous ten days in the Bongo with the family in the Lakes then around Silverdale. Failed to find Mountain Ringlets up Langdale due to poor weather but did see a rather spectacular Funnel Cloud and almost killed the Bongo going up Wry Nose Pass. We hadn't realised it was the steepest road in England! Left the fells before news of breeding Bee-eaters broke from near Penrith - doh!

Further south, we enjoyed some lovely freshly-emerged Scotch Arguses (Argi?) at Arnside Knott, plus Northern Brown Argus, Grayling, Small Blue and a couple of Fritillary spp. which didn't pause long enough to be identified, so High Brown Frit escaped being ticked. Speaking of which, some good Tick action, with one digging right into my throat in Silverdale, which was a bit painful!
Fantastic fun at Leighton Moss and Gait Barrow NNR with stunning scenery and habitats at both-  places I will definitely revisit. Some good mothing around the lights in the campsite bogs too - need to identify some unknowns...

From top: Funnel Cloud from Pike Blisco, Gatekeeper plus Aceria cephaloneus mite galls on Sycamore leaf, Grayling, Northern Brown Argus x2, Scotch Argus x3, Small Blue. All butterflies at Arnside Knott.

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