Bird's Eye View of Bute

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

(1) Small P.B.Fritillary
(1) Small P.B.Fritillary
(2) Small P.B. Fritillary
(2) Small P.B. Fritillary
(3) S.P.B. Frit
(3) S.P.B. Frit
(4) S.P.B.Frit
(4) S.P.B.Frit
(5) S.P.B.Frit
(5) S.P.B.Frit
(6) S.P.B.Frit
(6) S.P.B.Frit
(7) S.P.B.Frit
(7) S.P.B.Frit
(8) S.P.B.Frit
(8) S.P.B.Frit
(9) S.P.B.Frit
(9) S.P.B.Frit
(10) S.P.B.Frit
(10) S.P.B.Frit
(11) S.P.B.Frit
(11) S.P.B.Frit

 

 

 


The Small Pearl- bordered Fritillary.

The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary was found on Bute many years ago, and then were found again at Ardmaleish area during 2010. They were reported to Glyn the Moth man, and we went out to see if we could locate them, which was fairly easy as we had been given a Grid-ref of where to look, plus the number of a Hydro Pole which was nearby, making life easier.

(This is the second Fritillary . The first was the Dark Green one. I supplied two images to let you see how alike they both are on their topside, yet entirely different on underside.)

I decided then, that if they have emerged, then it is the right time to check out the rest of the Island, which was not to be an easy task as grasses and reeds were at their highest, giving them places to hide when hearing approaching footsteps, plus the time factor. They are only around for a short while, and Bute is big and can be very wet (no kidding) at times, so, confined to doing housework and writing things like this during the wet days.
I have to cover as much as I can and as I have said before, chasing them with my net in long grass with hidden holes and lumps is not easy, but this is what I do, to give you something nice to see and read about, plus the fact I really enjoy what I do.
Having got the Armaleish ones under my belt, I found another colony (8) up at the Dhu Loch.
It started off by myself getting the bus to New Farm, and was on my last leg of my journey home. It was good to find something at least, but better to be the same species that I was looking for, It is a long walk from New Farm, over Lord James’Ride, down to Scalpsie , up to Scalpsie Farm, and over the hills heading for home, which was still over four miles away over bad ground, but it was well worth it. It really gives you a boost finding what you did not think that would be there.
More wet days, then dry again, this time take the bus to Ettrick Bay and walk home via the Straad. (St Ninians Bay) and there I got another colony (4) midway along the shore, plus another site for the Marsh Fritillary that I have wrote about years ago. All in all it was a good day. Well I still have till the end of August to get more of these elusive Butterflies, so I will keep on trying to find more, only thing is, I will have to check all of these sites and more every year to see how they are doing, but I will only need to write about them once, and this is it, so enjoy what you see and read about, and look forward to reading about more species that I hope to find for you.


Norrie Mulholland

First Published in the Buteman 24-08-2012


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