Mountain Ringlet at Meall Liath, 15th of July 2014
This trip was postponed from the weekend due to unsuitable weather.
The forecast for Tuesday the 15th looked promising, so it was
decided to go ahead with it even though there would only be two of
We walked up a forest track climbing steadily through the trees
until we left the track and started a steeper climb alongside a burn
which runs down the middle of a grassy ride between the trees.
I found an ordinary Ringlet in the grass by the side of the burn, so
at least one butterfly was about.
We got to the top of the treeline without finding anything else
and went through a gate to start searching the area where the
butterflies have been seen previously. The wind was a lot
stronger this high up with quite a cold edge to it; it was also
quite cloudy with occasional sunny spells.
Despite searching extensively for a couple of hours, all that
was seen was a Grey Mountain Carpet moth and a Small Heath
butterfly. As we were sitting eating lunch, I spotted a few
Heather Flies – Bibio pomonae. We resumed searching after
lunch for a short while, but found nothing so decided to head back
On the way back down the side of the burn, I spotted a brown
butterfly low down in the grass, thinking it was probably just a
Ringlet, I knelt down for a closer look just in case. Success
at last, it was a slightly tatty Mountain Ringlet!
After we admired it for a few minutes and I took some photos, we
carried on downhill searching carefully, but all we saw were a
couple more Small Heaths, a Ringlet and the micro moth Udea
When we were just a few minutes away from the car, I spotted an
Adder curled up in short vegetation by the side of the track, the
first one I’ve ever seen.
||Grey Mountain Carpet