Saturday, 25 June 2016

A Week in Cumbria

We have just returned from a week in South Cumbria where we rented a cottage near Cartmel with friends. Carol and I have been to the Lake District many times over the years but our friends had never been before and so butterflies took a back seat while we showed them around some of our favourite places. I was content to walk the low fells and field edges around Cartmel to see what could be found.
The fells around Cartmel are no higher in altitude than the Sussex Downs. The calcareous grassland, limestone pavement and scree outcrops with patchy scrub and bracken provide good habitat for butterflies. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries (Boloria selene) were fairly numerous but were too fidgety for a decent photograph. Other species were more obliging.
Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata) (female)

Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes salmacis) (female)

Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) (male)

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)


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