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by Jack Harrison
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 1198

Re: October 2017

I should have added that Bowles' Mauve does not set seed so can only be propagated by cuttings.

Buy a plant from garden centre next spring and take some cuttings from May to July. You will soon have more plants than you can cope with.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 1198

Re: October 2017

21st October - Nairnshire Bowles' Mauve works its magic again. 17-10-21-537-RedAdmiral.jpg 17-10-21-527-RedAdmiral.jpg "Who's a furry beastie?" For those who don't know Bowles' Mauve , it's a short lived perennial wallflower (normally lasts three to four years but I have seen very large ex...
by Jack Harrison
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 1198

Re: October 2017

Lossiemouth Moray, 9th October
One Peacock and one [surprise] GV White.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2786
Views: 189047

Re: Neil Hulme

Jack: In a nutshell, the theory is that the stronger the third brood, the weaker the spring emergence. As third broods go, it's not bad, but I've seen better. Plenty more on this in 'The Butterflies of Sussex' https://www.naturebureau.co.uk/bookshop ... sex-detail I aas on my hols last week so I co...
by Jack Harrison
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 1198

Re: October 2017

In most if not all Scotland, Small Tortoiseshell is single brooded, unlike the south where it is double. Here near Nairn (56.5 north), Torties emerged in late July and soon vanished. Many were observed trying to come indoors or into outhouses for hibernation. But today, two very fresh individuals we...
by Jack Harrison
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 11
Views: 319

Re: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

Sometimes, road schemes actually create new habitat in the form of cuttings or embankments. As a precedent, just look at how disused Victorian railways are often treasured these days for their wildlife. The difficulty with roads is access: eg the M40 cutting through the Chilterns, the M3 Winchester ...
by Jack Harrison
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

23rd September Photobucket seems to have pulled the plug on allowing embedded images. Bye bye Photobucket - you are the losers. So... 17-09-23-817-RedAdmiral.jpg I have been dead-heading my buddlleia on a daily basis since it first began flowering in mid July.. It has paid off and it still has sever...
by Jack Harrison
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

The two that double-wintered in natural (ie outdoor) conditions were both male.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

Belated second brood news, late August/early September: 2 female Orange-tips Based on experience, I am not convinced that these were necessarily genuine second brood. I had two pupae kept in outdoor conditions overwinter twice before emerging as normal late April, almost two years after the eggs we...
by Jack Harrison
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2786
Views: 189047

Re: Neil Hulme

I think I understand the hypothesis that larva resulting from third brood Walls might not have time to develop sufficiently to be able to survive the winter (hibernate) and that having three broods in a year might not be good for the Wall's long term success. This hypothesis might help explain why W...
by Jack Harrison
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

19th September A beautiful sunny autumn day after a cold start. Peacocks - most very fresh (newly emerged?) - active on the remaining buddleia flowers and other garden plants. Distant “white” seen and not sure if Small (most likely) or Green-veined. Several Peacocks and Tortoiseshells entering the s...
by Jack Harrison
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

By all accounts, the weather is going to improve by next weekend,.... I am not an enthusiast of terms like 'good' or 'bad' weather, 'worsening' or 'improving': it depends entirely on the interests of the people involved. In seaside places like Findhorn or Nairn, it can be argued that 'good' weather...
by Jack Harrison
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID confirmation please
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: ID confirmation please

It might get damaged or destroyed in its present location (if say bottle is moved). I would wait until chrysalis is fully hardened and then very carefully cut the silk-like threads that hold it in place, being especially careful where the pad at end of abdomen is attached. Then transfer to a safe pl...
by Jack Harrison
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

9th September

Still one or two Scotch Argus (females only now) in Nairnshire.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 726
Views: 43381

Re: Jack Harrison

I don't think I have any more specimens, but I have found these old photos from that period. T-1.jpg T-2.jpg T-3.jpg Kodak folding camera with meniscus lens stuck on front with (I think) Plasticine. Correct distance to subject was achieved by means of L-shaped wire frame attached to the tripod bush....
by Jack Harrison
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 726
Views: 43381

Re: Jack Harrison

I am sorting through old photos and came across this taken some ten years ago. collection-01.jpg It is from a collection I made as a child, late 1940s perhaps early 1950s. East Norfolk. That Tortoiseshell looks a bit peculiar. Seems to have fewer dark markings on forewings but more extensive dark ar...
by Jack Harrison
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

David often wondered whether they made it to September at your latitude, Jack. Now I know! This area where I am monitoring has a relatively warm climate. There is (used to be) colonies of Scotch Argus near Braemar, a much colder locality. So maybe they last to mid-September there. Just to south side...
by Jack Harrison
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 1888

Re: September 2017.

4th September Nairnshire
A few elderly female Scotch Argus in my usual locality.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Comma
Topic: Comma larva on hazel
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Comma larva on hazel

Hazel and Elm leaves have a superficial similarity. I do not suggests any conclusions from that.

But it would be worthwhile getting information about the foodlplants used by Commas (and near allies) in other countries.

Jack

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