No parties or copious amounts of alcohol for me on my Birthday. Though this was mainly due to my "remote" surroundings here at Invermark I can't say i'm too peeved. This year I opted for something a little different and booking the day off to celebrate/mourn my 22nd I decided to spend the day further getting to grips with the lepidoptera of the estate. To date our butterfly surveys here at Invermark have been less than successful, namely due to a combination of bad weather and altitude. I have however managed to wrack up an impressive tally in my spare time however, all of which will go towards the final report.
A much less waffly post on this occasion with pretty pictures replacing words. All in all, yesterdays trip was a resounding success. During my few hours in the field 32 butterflies were located in the vicinity of Loch Lee, most of which appeared somewhat sluggish due to the weather and thus proved uncharacteristically photogenic.Of the 32 individuals noted during the trip 18 of them were Common Blues, by far the most numerous butterfly here at Invermark now that Northern Brown Argus numbers appear to have tailed off. Despite this apparent drop in numbers, 3 NBA were noted yesterday whilst 5 newly emerged Ringlet hung around on various Juncus stems waiting for the sun to emerge. The final two species observed include 3 Small Heath complete with glorious little eyespots and 2 Dark-Green Fritillary, perhaps one of my all time favourite British butterflies.
|Dark-Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)|
|Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)|
|Common Blue pair|
|Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)|
|Far from dull!|
|Common Blue (Female)|
|Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)|
|The butterfly selfie saga continues..|