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by Jack Harrison
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2668
Views: 179089

Re: Neil Hulme

Competent photographers must run in the Hulme family.

Neil. Have either of your youngsters picked up a camera yet?

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 713
Views: 41931

Re: Jack Harrison

Off topic but topical.
Image
Electric Woodpecker.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

Nairn & Moray 24th July Mass emergence of Speckled Woods and GV Whites after recent rain, both species in excellent numbers. 17-07-24-240-SpeckledWood.jpg Typical Speckled Wood habitat in this area. They like to nectar on heather. Also Ringlets which never seem to nectar on anything . This is ty...
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

In 1972, courtesy Royal Air Force I visited Ascension Island, roughly midpoint between Africa and South America. I saw one butterfly in flight, a "Monarch" type. I presumed Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus from Africa but more likely (according to a website dedicated to Ascension wildlife * )...
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

Findhorn Dunes (Moray) 19th July Perfect waather: Sunny Temp = +20C Small patch checked - no larger than 50 x 50 metres Small Heath 7+. Meadow Brown 5+, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small Copper 1 possible (but probably Small Heath). The Small Heath and Meadow Brown could have included repe...
by Jack Harrison
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2668
Views: 179089

Re: Neil Hulme

Brian White sure is quite a photographer.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2668
Views: 179089

Re: Neil Hulme

Neil admits that he is :
yet to fully mature
I'm 22 years older than you Neil but I am nowhere near being mature yet. Not sure I want to be.

PS. I have just recorded some Elvis :cry:
But at least my car CDs don't include any Bing Crosby :P

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

Probably just a slowly developing larva (ex hibernating adult) that will be one of the forerunners of the autumn brood.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

In this rather early season, I wonder if that Comma larva is the pale early summer hutchinsoni or the darker autumn form? My guess would be offspring of hutchinsoni. But will it be pale or dark adult? Does a Comma third brood ever occur?

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2668
Views: 179089

Re: Neil Hulme

The best part of 100 years later, Heslop and Co with their long Emperor nets are still being talked about.

Oates and Hulme with their Emperors' breakfast will I am sure be remembered in 2100.

Thanks for the fun chaps.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

That splendid combination of Dingy Skipper and blue Viper's Bugloss cannot occur very often - only when there is second brood Dingy Skipper.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 713
Views: 41931

Re: Jack Harrison

70 years on It is 70 years since my first real butterfly season, the fine summer of 1947. I was eight years old. Interest had begun two years earlier. However by 1947, I had a couple of “proper” books (Ford and South*). 1947 became a “big year”. *Blowing my own trumpet here. I won “South” as a scho...
by Jack Harrison
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2668
Views: 179089

Re: Neil Hulme

Ah, the great year of 1976. You reports Neil remind me very much of Bentley Wood that summer with Purple Hairstreaks actively seeking the shade on the ground and any patches of slightly moister soil..

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

Nairnshire 9th July New garden tick, Large White (male and female). But mixed feelings as I grow nasturtiums which Large Whites caterpillars of course ruin. This is my third summer here and first time I have seen Large Whites in the area. The are prominent butterflies and I would hardly have missed ...
by Jack Harrison
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Silver Studded Blue aberrations
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Silver Studded Blue aberrations

Isolated populations of SS Blue have evolved into visually quite distinct races, eg on Great Orme and the extinct race from the Lake District.

I wonder: Is the isolated Prees Heath population following the same trend towards females with much more extensive blue?

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

Nairnshire 8th July My favourite Speckled Wood location in a roadside clearing had seven Speckled Woods sparring. On the few occasions one landed it was identified as a male. In a rough patch in my garden, female Ringlet behaving in egg-laying mode (fluttering slowly over long grass sometimes disapp...
by Jack Harrison
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

Oversley Woods (Warwickshire) I had to look that up to find exactly where it is. About five miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon just south-east of Alcester. According to the distribution maps, that is at the apparent northwest extreme of the range of the Purple Emperor. I do have to wonder though if ...
by Jack Harrison
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 70
Views: 2342

Re: July 2017

The Rise and Rise of the Ringlet in Scotland. Ringlet garden tick today (three seen) on my long grass/mini-meadow. Parts of the mini-meadow were cut today, something I do twice, maybe three times per year. The dominate flowers are Hawkweed and Yellow Rattle although one Corncockle self seeded from l...
by Jack Harrison
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: French Fritillary
Replies: 15
Views: 361

Re: French Fritillary

I would be only too happy to carry out any further research that is thought necessary.

PM me for details where to send samples for investigation.

Jack
by Jack Harrison
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 3804

Re: June 2017

Nairnshire 25June. Ringlets now out, so far males only.

Jack

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