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by IAC
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Small Blue
Topic: Small Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 38

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: 162

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: 177

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: 177

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: 162

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: 12
Views: 172

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: 11
Views: 172

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: 120

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: 2165

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: 12
Views: 398

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...
by IAC
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell 3rd brood?
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Small Tortoiseshell 3rd brood?

Hi Pete, I have seen some very late Small Tortoiseshell broods on only a few occasions, most notably 2011 when good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell pupated in late September emerging in mid to late October. They were joined by a very late number of Red Admiral. Both species I observed and photographe...
by IAC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

Thank you Guy, David and Bugboy. :) Whats next, Gatekeeper you say David. We get sightings from time to time that turn out to be twin spotted Meadow Brown...Meadow Brown are struggling in the open countryside just now as farming becomes ever more efficient, and the loss of grazing animals has certai...
by IAC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

Hahaha, cheers Pete :D Seriously though what next I wonder up here. Naturally the White Letter Hairstreak may have been here for quite some time undetected, as the Purple Hairsteak which Im sure we will have in the Scottish Borders considering its success elsewhere in Scotland, or its a recent arriv...
by IAC
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 573

New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

NEW BUTTERFLY SPECIES FOR SCOTLAND Its not everyday that something as special as this is found whilst out and about on a regular Butterfly recording foray. This White Letter Hairstreak is a new species for Scotland as of yesterday 9th August. Its a very ragged and worn individual which I found on th...
by IAC
Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 780

Re: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016

Despite finding that incredible ab Small T Shell in August my favourite shot perhaps was of a more conventional ST on a grim kind of day with low cloud that just cleared enough to put up a few of the Vanessids around a stand of Teasel. In between the cloudy and cooler spells this crispy Tortoiseshel...
by IAC
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 780

Re: Small Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo 2016

but how about another look(please) at another aberrant Tortoiseshell ,posted by IAC also back in August By all means :D I am hoping that I may encounter this individual again some sunny day in March or April this year. 13th August 2016, Creeping Thistle patch in the arable landscape of the south ea...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Small Skipper
Topic: Small Skipper - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Small Skipper - Favourite Photo 2016

The Small Skipper has been present in the Scottish Borders now for a decade and a bit. In that time they have shown an easterly bias.The easterly bias continued as they invaded East Lothian taking advantage of open coastal grasslands and golf course roughs. They have now conquered as far as the city...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Topic: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 513

Re: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Favourite Photo 2016

The Small Pearls flight was delayed 2016 in poor weather, but not delayed too long. Not the most spectacular season ever though. This one was photographed on a dank and misty day in the Scottish Borders at Gordon Community Woodland where a newly discovered colony thrives. As the sun clawed at the cl...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Small Blue
Topic: Small Blue - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Small Blue - Favourite Photo 2016

My specialist subject, Small Blue. I spend more time on Small Blue than any other species. 2016 was a rough year for them on the Berwickshire coast with cold sea breezes through the early flight period, however, undettered they bounced back when the weather cleared and persisted until the end of Jul...
by IAC
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Small Copper
Topic: Small Copper - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 720

Re: Small Copper - Favourite Photo 2016

Only one place in Berwickshire, can I guarantee a spectacular number of the Small Copper each and every season. The second brood numbers are always predictably high. So, St Abbs Head NNR July 2016 just as the second brood were emerging onto the scene.

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