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by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie

As you say, Goldie, I like experimenting (or playing :) ) I tried adjusting the colour of your photo in Photoshop (more red, less blue) which I hope has made it more like what you saw: GoldieM_CB.jpg Usually, I recommend leaving white balance set to 'auto'. The camera gets it right most of the time ...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Common Blue or Chalkhill Goldie

I'd certainly go for Common Blue. There seems to be an overall blue cast on the photo, which has intensified the apparent colour of the butterfly a little. The black spots around the hind wing margins could indicate ab. nigromaculata (which also goes under a variety of other names). There's a photo ...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: Photo walks in Bristol area
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Photo walks in Bristol area

I missed this when you posted - mainly because I'm not in the Bristol area. I enjoyed looking at your Flickr pages and hope that you managing to find more of our rather restricted number of British butterfly species. I shall look forward to seeing more of your photos in your personal diary.
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2696
Views: 60412

Re: Pauline

I suspect that your Ringlet has picked up some orchid pollinia on its proboscis. Many orchids carry their pollen in a little 'package' on a sticky stalk that attaches itself to a visiting insect and so gets carried to fertilise another flower. These may be Common Spotted Orchid pollinia. There's a d...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 2963
Views: 134621

Re: Wurzel

What a splendid Heath-fest, Wurzel, and some delightful shots to remind me how beautiful are the undersides of White A. It's strange, the way that Heath F seem to like to have a place to themselves, so that Blean is almost a butterfly mono-culture. It was just the same when I visited one of the Exmo...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 115
Views: 1741

Re: Art Frames

Never mind the randy foursomes - I've never seen such a detailed view of butterfly genitalia as in your 'pair in cop' photo. The 'clasp' mechanism is clearly displayed. Some beautiful topsides as well - I agree these are very beautiful butterflies when newly emerged.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 115
Views: 1741

Re: Art Frames

A wonderful series of photos! It's several years since I have seen any Valesina SWF and your photos make we want to refresh the experience. That Northampton wood seems to be an excellent site for this and many other species.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2379

Re: Janet Turnbull

I think your orchid may be a Heath Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia borealis) - you have a knack of finding the ones I haven't seen! The long narrow lip points me in that direction but I'd welcome other views
by MikeOxon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 712
Views: 41892

Re: Jack Harrison

A splendid account Jack, starting around the time when I was born! Your mention of 'The Gap' reminded me of the classic book 'The Otterbury Incident', set in those immediate post-war years, where bomb sites were favourite playgrounds. May your "adequate health" continue for a good while :)
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2379

Re: Janet Turnbull

Interesting! I've read somewhere that the 'common' Hawker is actually now relatively scarce - I've never managed to photograph one.
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1708
Views: 33595

Re: Goldie M

Your Comma has found a splendid perch :lol:
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1708
Views: 33595

Re: Goldie M

I've been catching up on your splendid WLH photos. It's always been a 'special' butterfly for me, ever since I first encountered some in a small wood near Clifden Hampden, a village on the River Thames not far from home. Since then, I've found them popping up in various unexpected places including a...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2379

Re: Janet Turnbull

From the broad ante-humeral stripes and the prominent triangle on segment 2, I'd suggest that your dragonfly (IMG_5189) is actually a Southern Hawker - up near the northern limit of its current range, although global warming is probably changing this boundary! You are well placed to observe these mo...
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2696
Views: 60412

Re: Pauline

I know very little about bees but, if they're honey bees, I'd have thought they are a valuable asset! I'm sure you would enjoy bee-keeping, to fill up all your spare time :lol:

That's an interesting series of photos of Holly Blue pupae.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2379

Re: Janet Turnbull

There seems to be some confusion over your recent photos of Large and Small Skippers! IMG_4808 is definitely a Large Skipper, whereas IMG_4806 is a male Small Skipper, identifiable by the long slanting scent mark (sex brand) as well as by the pale colouration, which is just visible at the extreme ti...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2379

Re: Janet Turnbull

An amazing trip and you certainly made the most of it. It looks as though Glen Loy is holding its reputation as one of the best places in that area for Chequered Skipper, whereas Allt Mhuic seems to be in decline. Your photo of the GvW looks like the Scottish sub-species thomsoni , or possibly brita...
by MikeOxon
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 173
Views: 2379

Re: Janet Turnbull

Like you, Janet, I've sometimes lost a connection in the middle of posting. Nowadays, I do my write-up in 'notepad' first and then copy and paste the text into the website. You can use the 'Save draft' button to save the text, while you check for editing. I enjoyed reading the diary of your trip :) ...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 712
Views: 41892

Re: Jack Harrison

Very interesting to follow the trends as our climate changes, Jack. It would also be interesting to try and determine the routes that the various species follow as they move Northwards. I'd guess that they tend to use coastal routes rather then crossing the Grampian mountains.

Mike
by MikeOxon
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 22151

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for commenting on the White Ad, Kev. It was a little too high for comfortable photography and I was struggling to get into a position where I felt there would be sufficient depth of field to keep a reasonable amount of the butterfly in focus. It was another of those occasions where I took ...
by MikeOxon
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 782
Views: 22151

Re: MikeOxon

Hi Goldie. Because they are almost on my doorstep, it needed a call from my son to get me out looking for them :lol: I may be coming up to Cumbria myself, soon, to look for the Dark Red Helleborine, which is one of the British orchids that I've not yet managed to photograph. I shall keep a look out ...

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