Six years have passed since I almost became a bog body during my tour in the Netherlands to find the the Cranberry Fritillary (Boloria aquilonaris). After I fell in a bog hole I had a very high heartbeat and although I found later some Dutch species on Cross-leaved Heath; I promised myself not to leave footpaths in bog/fen/moor area’s ever again.
Six years later, together with Bas Mandos, I travelled to the High Fens in Belgium to search for this beautiful butterfly again.
With optimism we started the tour and at the first point we searched well without finding one single butterfly. The High Fens are very wet and as the name suggets, it’s a real fen area so no wonder that the horizon was rising when I was looking around at some wet places. Very slow I was sinking in the moss and some flash-backs returned. Instead of Cranberry Fritillaries we found a dragonfly, three Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, some green moths and a lot of Ringlets.
After a search of almost three hours and some hundred mosquito bites, I became despondent and just at the moment I was loosing my faith in finding them I noticed a lot of Cross-leaved Heath. Within a few minutes I found the first Cranberry Fritillary; in all we found 4 butterflies on Heath plants.
As Bas did not believe my story from 2008, he was trying to become a Bog Body as well...... with wet and dirty clothes we fortunatley arrived back home safety!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.