Sunday, 9 June 2013

Insect hunting in Cumbria

We had two targets in mind when we set off for Cumbria this morning: Small Blue in Workington and Marsh Fritillaries at Finglandrigg Wood. The Small Blues weren't hard to find with 5 or 6 being seen in the time we were there. A few Dingy Skippers were also present. Next to Finglandrigg where the Marsh Fritillaries were obvious when we found the right field. We also found a female Banded Demoiselle at the entrance to the field. We still had a bit of time left so we headed north to a site to try and see White-faced Darters. It took us a while to find the breeding pools but when we did the Darters were very easy to see. They even landed on me and my Dad a couple of times.

Small Blues

Marsh Fritillaries
Dingy Skipper

Banded Demoiselle

White-faced Darters


  1. Hi Jonny,
    I've just discovered your blog and wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying it. Really well written, lovely photos, and fascinating content. I'm down the coast at Filey / Flamborough and we're wishing we had as much as you this spring...!

    Keep up the good work

    Mark (

  2. Thanks for the nice comment. I've also been reading your blog recently. I'm quite jealous of the Bluethroat you had earlier in the spring.