During the week away, we made a couple of visits up to Ariundle Oakwoods to look for butterflies. This is a lovely spot with some ancient atlantic oak wood still left hidden behind some younger forestry type planting. Unfortunately during the time of our visits, butterflies were quite scarce. It was sunny at times but often breezy and cool.
|Ariundle Oakwoods, Strontian.|
|Above - The views along the Strontian River.|
While checking a spot nearby for Marsh Fritillary, we came upona single Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth nectaring on Bluebells. It looked a bit like a Hummingbird Hawk-moth but the clear black lined wings on the orange and black striped body were very distinctive. Face on it looks like a mini red-legged partridge!
|Narrow bordered Bee Hawk-moth, near the Ben View Hotel, Strontian.|
Along the path side, a few plants in flower including Cow Wheat, Bluebells, Stichwort and a new one for me, Marsh Violet.
|Chequered Skipper. I couldnt get it to land on a bluebell this time.|
|A Red Deer stag without antlers...|