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by Michaeljf
Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 74
Views: 3364

Re: July 2017

Parc Penalta, Saturday 8th July We visited Parc Penallta this afternoon (near to Ystrad Mynach). It was a site that Willrow introduced me too a few years back. It was very hot in Cardiff in the morning but up at Parc Penallta the skies were a lot cloudier though it was still quite warm and humid. T...
by Michaeljf
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 74
Views: 3364

Re: July 2017

I also saw the eggs under one of the leafs - but I don't suppose anyone can guess what they are?
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A small batch of communal eggs at Oversley Woods.
by Michaeljf
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 74
Views: 3364

Re: July 2017

Sunday, 2nd July - Oversley Woods (Warwickshire) We visited Oversley Woods this afternoon. It was extremely hot and perhaps too warm for butterfly photography! We arrived about 1:40 pm. My wife and I immediately met a couple of very nice butterfly enthusiasts (Birmingham locals) – one of them (Vinc...
by Michaeljf
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 4491

Re: June 2017

Hi Jenks, that's great news. I did visit the Forest Farm meadows about 2 weeks back (in the middle of the hot weather spell) and there was no sign of any WL Hairstreaks though there were good numbers of Red Admiral, Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Large Skippers (and Burnet Moths) in the two fields clos...
by Michaeljf
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 4491

Re: June 2017

Hi David, I visited the Alun Valley site on Sunday afternoon (25th June) - I had originally intended to visit England on Sunday - but the weather was really changeable, and it looked from the weather maps like the worst of the wind and rain had already cleared Cardiff on the western side. It was sti...
by Michaeljf
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 4491

Re: June 2017

Bernwood Meadows, Bernwood Forest & Whitecross Green Wood, Oxfordshire 18th June Hi all, I don’t get a chance to post on here these days due to being too busy but I went to one of my favourite places today and thought I’d share the findings as I was a little surprised. My wife Karen and I visit...
by Michaeljf
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Sad news about a UK Butterflies member.
Replies: 22
Views: 1293

Re: Sad news about a UK Butterflies member.

Hi All, very sad news - I only found out today with the release of the Monmouthshire Butterfly & Moth newsletter. I haven't been here for a while, but I wanted to share a few memories and thoughts. Firstly, Bill was the most wonderful company, meeting him would always bring a smile to the face. ...
by Michaeljf
Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Hi Dave and Paul, thanks for your kind comments and the education on Greek myths (!). My internet link has been down the last 3 or so days so I've only just been able to log-on. Paul - I'll be interested to see if you are going to do a write-up about your own ecent trip to SW Bulgaria - I will be ve...
by Michaeljf
Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Hi all, my good friend Nikolay Shtinkov - who runs his own excellent website on Bulgarian butterflies - has emailed me some comments relative to this thread - useful regading the ID's in several places. I hope he won't mind me quoting some of the most relative and interesting comments below: I am am...
by Michaeljf
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Friday 8th June 2012 – return to Golemo Beliowo (Golyamo belovo) - continued... http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g470/MichaeljField/Bulgaria%20Trip%20May-June%202012/IMG_4731edit-1.jpg Above: one of the newly-emerged Sloe Hairstreaks amongst what seems to be Wild-Mint flowers. http://i1103.photo...
by Michaeljf
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Friday 8th June 2012 – return to Golemo Beliowo (Golyamo belovo) - continued The sun continued to shine against a deep blue sky as per the last three days. Further up the ride and approaching the meadows that edged onto the mountains, there was the sound of Cuckoos again and also a swarm of Hornets...
by Michaeljf
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Hi Paul - there were also Mazarine Blues on some of the other days, hopefully correctly identified :wink: Thanks also for the ID on the Cricket. Friday 8th June 2012 – return to Golemo Beliowo (Golyamo belovo) - continued As the walk in Golyamo belovo had been so pleasant on the previous visit, it w...
by Michaeljf
Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Hi Sylvie,
thanks for the ID on the beetle and the compliments - I'm glad you've enjoyed the report - the thread is almost finished :( but never mind, I'm returning to Bulgaria in a couple of weeks :) , so it may yet run some more later this year....
Best wishes
Michael
by Michaeljf
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Friday 8th June 2012 – return to Golemo Beliowo (Golyamo belovo) It was now our last full day in Bulgaria and we returned North-West to the beautiful village of Golyamo belovo, around an hours drive from Velingrad. On the way we only stopped once – at a large parking dirt track beside the main road...
by Michaeljf
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Hi all, I'll definitely leave this to the experts...of course, there are always differences in the way the sunlight hits the wings and the processing of the image afterwards based on preferences will vary the colour slightly. I'm happy to go with either diagnosis but Osiris is at least a new species...
by Michaeljf
Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:04 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

You've done it again , Michael. Great CY open wing shot. Are you using sports mode or do you just get lucky like with the Grayling last year? Hi David, I think it's just luck and spending a lot of time with the butterflies...I'm not sure if the individual was doing a bit of mating display or tellin...
by Michaeljf
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Thursday, 7th June – Velingrad meadows (continued)... http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g470/MichaeljField/Bulgaria%20Trip%20May-June%202012/IMG_4465edit-1.jpg The rather dusky-looking Glanville Fritillary in the wildflower meadow. http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g470/MichaeljField/Bulgaria%2...
by Michaeljf
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:24 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Thursday, 7th June – Velingrad meadows We had already decided that on the very last day of the trip we would travel again to Golyamo belovo, so for Thursday (the penultimate day of our trip) we would stay locally at Velingrad. I wanted to take some landscape shots to support some of the places we’d...
by Michaeljf
Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Mikhail wrote:The 'Bull frogs' are Green Toads Epidalea viridis, close relatives of the Natterjack. Pseudophilotes vicrama= Eastern Baton Blue.
M.

Thanks Mikhail - regarding the Pseudophilotes vicrama - that serves me right for having about 3 different European guides by my computer :oops:

Michael
by Michaeljf
Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012
Replies: 68
Views: 3609

Re: Return Trip to SW Bulgaria, 30 May-8 June 2012

Wednesday 6th June – return to the edge of Eleshnitsa Village (continued) The good weather continued as we followed the main dirt track further along the landscape: there were plenty of muddy puddles in the middle of the path, and one still had a Bullfrog in it. I wasn’t sure if this Bullfrog was d...

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