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by Crispin
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Finding Small Heath Pupae
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Finding Small Heath Pupae

Thanks, this is really useful! I hope to practice finding some next spring. I may also collect some eggs and rear them (have to hot up on my egg searching skills). But it is just before the pupa stage, in its natural environment which I am most interested in. So I may release the larva and monitor, ...
by Crispin
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Finding Small Heath Pupae
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Finding Small Heath Pupae

Hello,
Does anyone have tips for finding Small Heath pupae?
I have never searched for the pupa and intend to do some preliminary research which will involve finding a few specimens.

Crispin Holloway
by Crispin
Mon May 04, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Timing of emergence in Males and Females
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Timing of emergence in Males and Females

Interesting. How many Large Whites & Orange Tips did you rear? And any idea what % were M&F?
by Crispin
Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Timing of emergence in Males and Females
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Timing of emergence in Males and Females

We all know that males emerge before the females – usually. But in warmer areas such as southern Europe is the time difference between emergence of the sexes lesser? With Chalkhill, for example, I would expect to see the first female 5 to 7 days after a male. But in warmer years that could be less w...
by Crispin
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: December 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 977

Re: December 2013

Two Red Admiral basking in the mid day December sun.
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Surprised to see there is more than one.

Crispin
by Crispin
Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: December 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 977

Re: December 2013

Mikhail Great find! I wonder if those CY larvae are still alive? Still seeing the occasional one or even two Red Admiral 11/12/13, 16/12/13 & 26/12/13. I haven't seen them in December since 2009. This December has been the warmest in over 18 years (probably wettest and windiest too). Makes me wo...
by Crispin
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Geranium Bronze
Replies: 3
Views: 629

Geranium Bronze

It could be worth checking your Pelargoniums and Geraniums or take a visit to the local garden centre as Geranium Bronze has again been recorded in Sussex.

http://www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/sightings.html

Where else and how many are there?
I bet there are more to be seen.

Crispin
by Crispin
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2786
Views: 189090

Re: Sussex Kipper

Neil, those are superb photos! That female with the blood-red lunules sounded interesting. I guess you would have seen quite a few Silver-spotted Skippers too? Malling Down, this year, is the best it has been for a long time - it is always good but this year it is superb. Had a very fresh Painted La...
by Crispin
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2013
Replies: 234
Views: 7639

Re: August 2013

The day is starting off well!

Just seen a Red Underwing outside the back door.
Clouded Yellow fly across the bottom of the garden, 5 male common blues and many, many whites in the garden.
by Crispin
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2013
Replies: 234
Views: 7639

Re: August 2013

There are a lot of dragonflies this year. Migrants I guess? The wasp populations appear to be building after a poor start to the year (not all wasps). So I wonder what, if any, impact this will have on butterfly populations – the predators catching up after a series of poor years? Looks nice out the...
by Crispin
Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hummingbird hawk moths
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: Hummingbird hawk moths

Considering that this has been such a good year for migrants I am surprised not to have seen more hummingbird hawk moths. In fact I haven't seen any this year! :shock: Has anyone else noticed a scarcity? My father and I were remarking on exactly this the other day. I have seen a few about but not t...
by Crispin
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unidentified species from Baltic
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Unidentified species from Baltic

Many thanks.
The lack of rings on the underwing confused me and I was even wondering about a Lycaenidae, but I was finding it difficult to judge its size.
by Crispin
Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unidentified species from Baltic
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Unidentified species from Baltic

Not sure what this is.

Photo sent from my brother who lives on the Danish island of Bornholm in the middle of the Baltic sea.
by Crispin
Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Silver-spotted Skippers
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Silver-spotted Skippers

Anyone recorded any Silver-spotted Skippers yet? They appear to be a little bit late. I would have expected the first sightings by now. Weather permitting, I'm going to have a good search for them on Thursday and will let you know how I get on. How is Aston Rowant? None at Malling Down, Lewes on Mon...
by Crispin
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Silver-spotted Skipper
Topic: Silver-spotted Skipper: ova
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Silver-spotted Skipper: ova

Hello Dave and all, Great photos, I suspect theses strands and the adhered grass stems are as a result of wet conditions(?) At the time of the egg being laid, was the grass wet, had it recently rained? Looking at rainfall radar for that day it looks like you may have had a shower in the afternoon on...
by Crispin
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: ab. juncta?
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: ab. juncta?

Ok here is the video

by Crispin
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: ab. juncta?
Replies: 1
Views: 304

ab. juncta?

Just thought you may be interested to see what I found on Wed
It looks like ab. juncta
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I understand the aberration is caused by a recessive gene.

Video coming soon
by Crispin
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Aston Rowant
Replies: 18
Views: 893

Re: Aston Rowant

Interesting how variable sites can be. It sounds like Aston Rowant is like Malling Down, Lewes East Sussex, teeming with silver-spotted skippers . On Wed morning I counted well over 70 in just 35 min! During thewhole period I was there there were probably many 100s! I then expect other sites to have...
by Crispin
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2011
Replies: 152
Views: 8493

Re: August 2011

Interesting to see what Mark and Andy saw at Mill Hill. Could be worth keeping an eye out for Silver-spotted Skippers at Mill Hill and Anchor Bottom. They were recorded just around the corner at Faulking Hill in 2009 and they are spreading west. The next most westerly population in Sussex is over at...
by Crispin
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2011
Replies: 292
Views: 8022

Re: July 2011

More from Oxfordshire - 25th July I walked along the 'earthwork' on the ridge of Sliding Hill near Swyncombe this afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny day and the hillside was a carpet of wild flowers, with many attendant butterflies. The most abundant lepidoptera were, however, Forester Moths and a...

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