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by Paul Harfield
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 631
Views: 23832

Re: jackz432r

Thanks all for your comments :D 2017 Looking back at my 2017 diary I notice that I have not mentioned much other than Red Admirals or White Letter Hairstreak since April. Obviously, although I was focused on specific things, there was plenty more going on. So as a brief catch up here are a few of th...
by Paul Harfield
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1512

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

DavidM ...given that this [RA] is not a naturally occurring year round UK species... But isn't this the point? Recent research (as revealed on ukb) shows that RA does indeed over-winter in UK but in an immature stage, not as an adult as many might have thought. Jack As you rightly say there is plen...
by Paul Harfield
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1557
Views: 37394

Re: Bugboys mission

I found myself with half an hour spare at work (ssshhhhh) Nice work Bugboy :D . That's not a bad return for half an hours looking. Hopefully there is a thriving colony there. When it comes to the flight season my advice would be to wait until the first WLH are recorded elsewhere then spend your day...
by Paul Harfield
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 631
Views: 23832

Re: jackz432r

Thanks for the comments Wurzel & David. That Red Admiral only stayed another couple of days before it disappeared unseen by me. Hopefully it has found somewhere more appropriate where, if it is lucky, it may survive till the spring. Winter Activities 2017 I have nothing much to report in the but...
by Paul Harfield
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1512

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Saturday 30.12.2017 - I made a quick visit to my Red Admiral site at Southwick (Hampshire) yesterday. Unfortunately I missed the brief sunshine in the morning. It was about 14 degrees, but by the time I arrived it was dull, wet & gusty and far from ideal for finding small eggs/larvae or taking ...
by Paul Harfield
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1512

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Saturday 16.12.2017 - Today I revisited my primary Red Admiral study site at Southwick in Hampshire, 3 weeks on from my last visit. The new Nettle growth here is still in pretty good condition after recent frosts with plenty of lush new growth. It was sunny up until about 1pm and although general a...
by Paul Harfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1512

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Vince Massimo wrote: I would be inclined to call your largest larva a 3rd instar.

Vince


Thanks Vince. I have had another look at other images and I think you are right. This was in fact the largest larva I observed. Here is another view of the same larva removed from its larval tent.
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by Paul Harfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1557
Views: 37394

Re: Bugboys mission

Hi Bugboy
You have had an exceptional year by any standards as others have said. I think you deserve an award for what you have achieved using public transport
I hope your presentation was a success this week and that next year is as good or better and that you achieve your goals :D
by Paul Harfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1732
Views: 39397

Re: Trevor

Hi Trevor
Well done on those late Brimstones. Maybe they had come out to thank you for all that work you are putting in :wink: . Keep up the good work.
by Paul Harfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3200
Views: 151826

Re: Wurzel

Hi Wurzel As others have said that Green Veined White is a beauty, they always seem to look good on White flowers. What is the significance of the otters? We had Zebras down here a couple of years ago and now we have Rhinos every where in hundreds of different designs, but I have to say I don't know...
by Paul Harfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 631
Views: 23832

Re: jackz432r

Thanks Andrew, David & Wurzel for your commments :D Saturday 25.11.2017 - Thursday 30.11.2017 More Red Admirals In The Garden Just before I set off to join the others at the Winter Social last Saturday I spotted some fluttering in the sunny corner of the garden :D . I was delighted to see a Red ...
by Paul Harfield
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1512

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

I visited my site at Southwick (Hampshire) on Sunday to see what was happening in the Red Admiral world. This site appears to be very similar to Vinces site at Crawley. A significant length of old brick wall which faces South/South East. Behind the wall there are mature trees providing shelter and r...
by Paul Harfield
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter social 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1410

Re: Winter social 2017

Yes, a very enjoyable afternoon as always :D . I think I managed to speak to everybody, but unfortunately I did not manage to avoid the group photo this year :roll: . As others have said, thanks to Bugboy for taking on the organisation this year and to Pete for UKB. A special thanks to Philzoid for ...
by Paul Harfield
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1936
Views: 40771

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie
As others have said well done with the White Letter Hairstreaks, a moment to cherish :D .
Great to see your garden overflowing with butterflies as always, I must get myself some of that Bowles Mauve.
by Paul Harfield
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3200
Views: 151826

Re: Wurzel

Hi Wurzel Just doing a massive catch up on your diary. Great selection of Hedge Browns as always, I love the ab. from your Welsh trip :D. I can always rely on you to provide some Brown Hairstreak action from Shipton. I am very envious this year as I missed out both the site and the species :mrgreen:...
by Paul Harfield
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 83
Views: 1584

Re: Andrew555

Hi Andrew
It is always nice to see a new diary taking shape. Lovely female Duke of Burgundy from your last post :D .
by Paul Harfield
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 631
Views: 23832

Re: jackz432r

Thanks all again for your comments :D. I managed to remember my memory card this weekend :? Saturday 11.11.2017 Knowle Village I had some spare time on Saturday so I thought I would check out my other primary Red Admiral site, I had an hour before it started to rain heavily. This is the location whe...
by Paul Harfield
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 631
Views: 23832

Re: jackz432r

Thanks both for your comments :D . Yes David I was very pleased with that Red Admiral count, but it was in fact 28th October.
by Paul Harfield
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 54
Views: 1512

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Great idea Vince :D . Please see my latest diary posting viewtopic.php?f=29&p=126273#p126273
by Paul Harfield
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 631
Views: 23832

Re: jackz432r

Thanks David & Wurzel for your comments :D Saturday 28.10.2017 - Southwick & more Red Admirals As noted in several other diaries, we seem to be awash with Red Admirals at the moment. I set off to one of my Red Admiral 'hotspots' to get my fix. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Red ...

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