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by Jack Harrison
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

Mike: I'd guess that they tend to use coastal routes rather then crossing the Grampian mountains. I had presumed exactly the same. 35 years ago I lived in the Aberdeen area. Peacock was an extreme rarity then. Ringlets were very localised and I knew of just three colonies, all quite near the River D...
by Jack Harrison
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

I never really disappeared. But I am not as mobile as I was (now 78) so can't walk long distances in search of butterflies. In any case - and I knew this before moving here - this part of Scotland isn't noted for a huge range of species. Our commonest species are Green-veined White, Scotch Argus, Ri...
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

My first thought at the time was Whitethroat. But when I checked on bird sings/calls, it was nothing like it. I have to wear hearing aids these days and one of the many drawbacks is great difficulty in determining where the sound is coming from. So maybe another hidden bird was doing the calling. It...
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

Bird i/d help please. LBJ size of Chaffinch. Melodic three note song.
Jack
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 2359

Re: June 2017

The weather has been delightful up here with max temperatures at the weekend 21C. Picture taken Sunday.
Image
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by Jack Harrison
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 2359

Re: June 2017

20th June near Nairn, one definite Large White and possibly more. I say possibly more as unsure about distant whites I saw. (GV White first brood probably finished). I managed to chase one which provided definitive i/d. Large White is something of a rarity in many pasts of Scotland. Indeed, this was...
by Jack Harrison
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 22
Views: 391

Re: Neil Hulme

Only just found out. Thoroughly deserved Neil. (unlike bankers, civil servants, etc who seem to get BEM's as part of the package). I'm not sure I have even before known a BEM holder. Someone tell me the protocol when I next meet Neil. I know I won't have to call him "Sir" but am I expected...
by Jack Harrison
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: French Fritillary
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: French Fritillary

Still going strong(ish) but this is far from being the finest part of the world for butterflies. True, I am a little less mobile than I would wish but not quite finished yet. Perhaps the equivalent of a male Purple Emperor at the end of July. I'll make sure I post a note when I do pop my clogs (wher...
by Jack Harrison
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: French Fritillary
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: French Fritillary

I am impressed by your research Charles. I am currently carrying out a parallel line of investigation: the merits of Prosecco versus Cava. Recall that I used to aim Cava corks at Purple Hairstreaks in the oaks at the bottom of my garden when I lived in Norfolk (I never hit one). Maybe in my present ...
by Jack Harrison
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 2359

Re: June 2017

For full details, go to http://www.bugalert,net

which has a typo. I was able to presume the correct url with a dot not a comma

http://www.bugalert.net

Hope that helps.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Sarota sp.
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Sarota sp.

What a truly fabulous butterfly,

I have to wonder how evolution came up with such a stunning pattern? I could almost believe in God!

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: The Butterflies of Sussex
Replies: 27
Views: 1150

Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Neil
"Only those species recorded in Sussex during this period [2010 - 2014] are included
That explains. I had missed that quote.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: The Butterflies of Sussex
Replies: 27
Views: 1150

Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Have I come across an omission? Queen of Spain Chichester in (I think) 2009.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Wed May 31, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2017
Replies: 81
Views: 3159

Re: May 2017

May summary Nairnshire and Moray. it's been an excellent monthfor GV Whites and Orange Tips compared to last year. Indeed, GV Whites are as numerous as I have ever seen them anywhere in Britain. Fresh Red Admiral two days ago, presumably native born. Overwintering (as slow growing larvae?) is presum...
by Jack Harrison
Thu May 25, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2017
Replies: 81
Views: 3159

Re: May 2017

Brimstone seen ovipositing on Dock This suggests lines of investigation Will larvae eat dock in captivity? Experiments needed. If the use of dock as a possible alternative to usual foodplant buckthorn, then could Brimstone change to dock as a major foodplant? (as parallel Comma changing from hop to...
by Jack Harrison
Tue May 16, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

It's not that cold an area despite being 57.5 degs north where I live. Local micro climate is good for arable farming. Certainly a very sunny area and too dry at times. For example a mere 2.00 mms rain so far this month. Today reached 20C. But I do admit, this area is not especially good for butterf...
by Jack Harrison
Tue May 16, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41294

Re: Jack Harrison

A trawl through old family picture found this (school photo).

Me in 1947 :?

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Well, it amused me. It was about that time I got my copy of "South" . (The Butterflies of the British Isles).

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Mon May 15, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: The Butterflies of Sussex
Replies: 27
Views: 1150

Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

I am steadily working my way through this splendid book. Large Tortoiseshell was apparently resident Houghton Forest 1964-81. I lived in the area 1974-81 and was aware of the rumours. I visited Houghton almost every spring but apart from a few heart-stopping possibles in the form distant Commas, no ...
by Jack Harrison
Sun May 14, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2017
Replies: 81
Views: 3159

Re: May 2017

Posted a plant picture ,a real beauty,this one ,which is often overlooked,being so tiny . Its called "Birdsfoot" and the flower head is smaller than a match head !
Can't find Birdsfoot via google search. Birdsfoot Trefoil yes, but the picture clearly isn't that.

More info please.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sat May 13, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: The Butterflies of Sussex
Replies: 27
Views: 1150

Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

I [think I] posted my review earlier somewhere on ukb but it has vanished. The Butterflies of Sussex is an excellent publication with informative text – despite not being a butterfly novice, I am nevertheless learning a great deal. The photos are first rate, mostly I believe taken by Neil with his b...

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