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by IAC
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Scottish White-letters latest.
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Scottish White-letters latest.

Wow, that is exciting. Our new place is only about 20 miles from there. Goalposts moved a bit further towards you Nick with several more finds at Harestanes, Ancrum. I would be checking Elm for the hell of it now...and I am with no luck so far. I have never taken so much interest in a single Tree s...
by IAC
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Scottish White-letters latest.
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Re: Scottish White-letters latest.

Yes David, its hectic and mind boggling but ultimately fun to have absolutely no idea what's going on despite hours and hours of field work. The latest mystery is Brimstone which have suddenly appeared not once but thrice at great distance from each sighting and all reported by dedicated naturalists...
by IAC
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Scottish White-letters latest.
Replies: 10
Views: 196

Scottish White-letters latest.

For those who don't know, we have had some very, very good news..nay...jaw dropping news, up here in the Scottish Borders with a few White-letter eggs being found on Elm on the Scottish side of the Tweed by Ken Haydock and Jill Mills a few weeks ago. The full story can be read either on the BC blog ...
by IAC
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: ELM TREK - a five year mission.
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: ELM TREK - a five year mission.

Thanks Goldie :D WOW White-Letter Hairstreaks in eastern Scotland! Who'd have thought it! Having seen my First WLHS last year i think you've done a fantastic job and really stuck to your guns in doing so :D I've just posted about a find of WLHS eggs in Scotland . Goldie :D Sorry guys, I have been t...
by IAC
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: ELM TREK - a five year mission.
Replies: 14
Views: 335

Re: ELM TREK - a five year mission.

Great story, well told. :) A bit obvious I suppose but...well... may those White letters Live long and prosper :)
by IAC
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: White-letter Hairstreak
Topic: White-letter Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 207

Re: White-letter Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017

Now that Bugboy would be my idea of heaven. What a sight that would have been...tremendous!! Maybe this year. :)
by IAC
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Wall
Topic: Wall – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 216

Re: Wall – Favourite Photo of 2017

Not as many Wall about last year, though I was probably off chasing something else when they were at peak. This female was on her own along an arable field edge dodging Speckled Wood and feeding up before she flapped off further down the track.
by IAC
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Topic: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 272

Re: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

The enigma that are the Small Pearls. Just how widespread they are in the Scottish Borders will always remain a mystery I reckon. We have had an increase in sightings this past decade due to the number of recorders we now have either resident ot passers by. What we do know is that there is some conc...
by IAC
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Small Skipper
Topic: Small Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: Small Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

The Small Skipper have now become one of the commoner species especially in the eastern Scottish Borders this past decade and more. They turn up in ones and twos at new sites very regularly and then suddenly produce plague proportions the following summer. They have made some big shifts inland to up...
by IAC
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Re: Small Tortoiseshell – Favourite Photo of 2017

The Small Tortoiseshell up here in the Scottish Borders have suddenly become a much rarer sight for whatever reason this past few years. The species last had a good year in 2013, since then, numbers have been on the dive, quite seriously so during 2017. I get the feeling from what I have seen so far...
by IAC
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Small Blue
Topic: Small Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 217

Re: Small Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017

A very early start, and late finish for the Berwickshire coastal Small Blue colonies during 2017. The first were seen on the record breaking date of May 3rd and the last August 17th suggesting some partial brooding going on. This particular male was found on a cliff top terrace among a good number o...
by IAC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Lovely, sharp image of a fresh aethiops, Iain. All the guides have this species down as a predominantly western-based insect, so it's good to see there are colonies further east in your neck of the woods. David, the Scotch Argus is still quite numerous in the western Borders but the picture of how ...
by IAC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 214

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

That's some image, Iain, particularly given that your area is outside the range where Ringlets would be considered commonplace insects. I agree David ,I,ve certainly never seen a large gathering of Ringlets like IAC,s excellent image Well...how interesting. I can say that the Ringlet is an extremel...
by IAC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 214

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

I don't take enough photos of Ringlet and am guilty, as I am with say Meadow Brown as well, of pretty much disregarding them as worthy subjects to photograph. Familiarity breeds contempt, and that should never be the case with any of our species these days, as it is obvious to me that the common spe...
by IAC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Maybe I am pretty lazy looking for this species, because now I just turn up at the same guaranteed spot every year in an often vain attempt to capture a photograph worthy of this absolute belter of a Butterfly. It's a difficult species to say the least to photograph and its unpredictability can lead...
by IAC
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 237

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

The Red Admiral have continued to impress me, especially this last year. A monster of a Butterfly, seemingly bullet proof, able to adapt to any conditions and not just survive , but thrive. Not fussed at all by out of sync broods, just ploughing on, able to extract nectar sources that very few other...
by IAC
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Peacock
Topic: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 250

Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

This is maybe not the best photo I had taken of the Peacock Butterflies this past season, however, it is the most unusual one I could find during 2017. It was August 15th in a woodland clearing with plenty of Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle and Knapweed that I immediately spotted this beauty and cha...
by IAC
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Northern Brown Argus
Topic: Northern Brown Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Northern Brown Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Thankfully I had the help of Iain Cowe, the local borders expert, and I managed to tick of the final Lycid on my UK list. To my great relief Bugboy :D I must admit to be being so downhearted that you did not get to see this species in all of its glory. I am as I said, very glad at least you did not...
by IAC
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Competitions
Topic: Annual 2017 Competition
Replies: 37
Views: 2333

Re: Annual 2017 Competition

It would be interesting to know what equipment has been used for all of the winning entries. The exif data doesn't seem to be available now that the competition has ended, but I wonder how many of the winning entries, both this year and in previous years, have been taken with top-end, professional ...
by IAC
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Comma
Topic: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 517

Re: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017

The Comma, a very enigmatic and at times near impossible to find species up here in the Scottish Borders. It is very difficult to find out in the open and will stick to the canopy of a woodland edge venturing out for ground supplies very rarely. I have enjoyed hunting this Butterfly more than any ot...

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