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Visit to Helfjellet

19. June 2017: Our summer vacation has started. We have arrived in Sunndalen and are living in the same house at  Musgjerd as the previous two years . Yesterday we had a nice trip to Gammelsetra, Lindalen. A bunch of people from the tourist association were already there, looking after the cabin. Lindalen waterfall was impressive as high temperatures had speeded up snow melt. Today we hiked to a mountain I have never been to before. Quite a short trip (3 h), but with an impressive view from the top of Helfjellet. This mountain is special because of it’s location where five valleys meet: Lindalen, Skirådalen, Reppdalen, Grøvudalen, and Grødalen. That is why the view is so great. The streams passing through the valleys all meet at Åmotan, which is located just beneath Helfjellet. Sometimes reindeer can be seen at Helfjellet, Not today, but we saw red grouse trying to lead us away from the chickens. The red admiral, a migrating butterfly, could be seen close to the top cairn, at 1197 m above sea level.

Visit to Helfjellet on June 19, 2017. View towards Grødalen. My wife Cissy and my daughter Ellen enjoy arriving at the top.

A view from Helfjellet toward Grøvudalen and Geitådalen.



I have an interest for photographing insects, among them butterflies. To increase chances for having butterflies visit my back yard I went to a flower shop to get a herb called butterfly-bush (Buddleja davidii). While driving home with the bush safely placed in the back seat of my car I noticed a large insect on my left arm. I almost lost the control of driving trying to get a closer look at the insect. By now I had confirmed that it was a butterfly, probably a moth (thanks God not a spider!). After arriving home I placed the butterfly on a stump in my back yard for photography. Moth are easy to photograph in the daytime since it is natural behaviour for them to sit quietly waiting for dusk. I left it there and went on to identify the creature by the photographs. After some search I identified it as Phlogophora meticulosa (angle shades, Norwegian: Taggvingefly). It is a strongly migratory species, and since this happened in May it is likely that the moth had migrated northwards. So the purchase of the butterfly-bush gave results already the first day, and long before blooming.

Angel shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) accidentally sitting on a baby butterfly-bush, but here replaced to a stump.

Angle shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) accidentally sitting on a baby butterfly-bush, but here relocated to a stump.

The angel shades sitting on a stump in my back yard

The angle shades sitting on a stump in my back yard, sideways view