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by m_galathea
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: History of Vernacular Names created
Replies: 25
Views: 895

Re: History of Vernacular Names created

Pete, I looked through my copy of Morris today (6th ed, 1890), and there are a few leads you might be interested in. I don't know if these are any different to the first edition: Green veined White is referred to as just Green Veined. Heath Fritillary includes the name White May Fritillary in the se...
by m_galathea
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Photography
Topic: For Sale, Wants and Exchanges
Replies: 57
Views: 8902

Re: For Sale, Wants and Exchanges

Dear all, I have two books for sale as I now have other copies of them. Thanks, Alex Henderson. Butterflies by E.B. Ford Facsimile of the first Collins New Naturalist book, published in 1945. This copy was printed in 2008 but is a faithful reproduction of the 1st edition. The dust jacket is in almos...
by m_galathea
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2016
Replies: 63
Views: 3919

Re: July 2016

31st July 2016: Darren Fawr, Brecknockshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Merthyr Tydfil: I chanced upon a colony of Grayling butterflies along the western slopes which looked like it was doing well. The area immediately south of Danydarren quarry had most. Other species included Small Heath, Speck...
by m_galathea
Mon May 09, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Sites
Topic: UKB Site Listings
Replies: 23
Views: 1118

Re: UKB Site Listings

Hi Kevin,

I visited Lathkill Dale in Derbyshire on Saturday. Orange-tips were more common here than most places I visit. Three Green Hairstreaks were also present.
The other species I noted were Green-veined White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.

Regards
Alex
by m_galathea
Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Photography
Topic: White Admiral
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: White Admiral

I saw one looking fresh on 7th September 2006 in Sussex. That summer was lovely and long - my last first brood White Admiral was on 2nd August and the last Silver-washed fritillary was on 4th September.
Alex
by m_galathea
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: M_galathea
Replies: 28
Views: 2555

Re: M_galathea

6th July 2014 : Fermyn Wood, Northants: Arriving under the dark skies, of what I think was the rather uncommon Undulatus Asperatus cloud formation, the day picked up around 11am in Titchmarsh Wood with a male Purple Emperor up in an oak. It wasn't long before he flew down to investigate Kinga's pur...
by m_galathea
Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2786
Views: 188977

Re: Sussex Kipper

Hi Neil, Lovely to read of your Mountain Ringlet success. I was above Langdale, not too far east of you on Saturday accompanied mainly by thin clouds and Small Heaths on the high ground... the sun did come out in to make a splendid evening, but not before I was back down in the dale. All the best Al...
by m_galathea
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: If only ...
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: If only ...

Not sure where that came from but I noticed earlier this year that it is written on the reserve sign too. Nice place to watch sunset from : ) Alex
by m_galathea
Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: How are numbers doing?
Replies: 18
Views: 544

Re: How are numbers doing?

Possibly, the average number of recording on my watch is down by over 50% but on the only perfect week for recording this year, I found that numbers were still down, but only by 25% That is interesting, and it is good to know that the recorded number was not so bad during good conditions. Do you th...
by m_galathea
Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How are numbers doing?
Replies: 18
Views: 544

Re: How are numbers doing?

Quite a lot of my casual records are drive-by sightings. Depends where you drive, I guess. On country roads with uncut verges, you can get quite a few in most years. Isn't it rather sad how removed man has become from nature? Has butterfly watching become something which revolves around counting nu...
by m_galathea
Sat May 19, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 726
Views: 43378

Re: Jack Harrison

Hi Jack,
the flowers you saw on the 8th May are Early Forget-me-not by my reckoning - Guy wasn't far off. They have tiny flowers, are very hairy and live in dry places as you describe.

Alex
by m_galathea
Sat May 19, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Micro ID - Lickey Hills
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Micro ID - Lickey Hills

Today I spotted this little beastie... It was it in a quite a distict heathland habitat, which is quite a rarity in itself around these parts. It stood out to me as the wing shape is different to all the other micro moths I have seen. So, any ideas on the ID? Is it even a moth? Cheers, Alex Location...
by m_galathea
Tue May 15, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: is this PBF unusual?
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Re: is this PBF unusual?

Perfectly normal in my eyes. No two are exactly the same and so the extent of the marking is variable.

As an aside, I am not keen on the image stacking. It has made the underside shot look particularly unnatural. Just a personal observation.
by m_galathea
Sat May 12, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: M_galathea
Replies: 28
Views: 2555

Re: M_galathea

12th May 2012 : Sutton Park, Birmingham Green Hairstreaks are now flying. Also present were many Adela reamurella , Brimstones and Peacocks . The two pictures below show the effect of longer lens choice. The telephoto shot was taken with the help of a monopod. Both were at F14. GH 800 1.JPG Green H...
by m_galathea
Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Aish Tor
Replies: 8
Views: 457

Re: Aish Tor

Dunsford used to have all but Heath and Glanville although unfortunately I don't think that's the case now.

Looking at the Devon BC map (http://devon-butterflies.org.uk/Home.htm) for the High Brown Fritillary a huge decline on East Dartmoor can be seen over just the last couple of years. Very sad.
by m_galathea
Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Aish Tor
Replies: 8
Views: 457

Re: Aish Tor

thanks in advance for any help! It certainly is in advance! Anyway, the area around Aish Tor is lovely, and (at least the last time I was there) excellent fritillary country. The Dart Valley is extensive with many tucked away places - it's all about exploring and you'll come across some great spots...
by m_galathea
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Shameful article by Ian Liddell-Grainger
Replies: 88
Views: 2457

Re: Shameful article by Ian Liddell-Grainger

Regardless of this MP's views, I suspect he has broken the rules by publishing a letter that was sent to him by a constituent complete with contact details. Is the ICO the correct group to advise in this instance?

Alex

http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations ... tical.aspx
by m_galathea
Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: HS2
Replies: 26
Views: 953

Re: HS2

I am pleased to see investment in railways. HS2 isn't just to make journey times faster it also increases capacity, in particular i believe that this extra capacity will be used by freight. I hope that HS2 prooves more reliable than the ancient system we have in place at the moment - two points fail...
by m_galathea
Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Long-horn moth from April
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: Long-horn moth from April

Hi Nick,

doesn't Adela cuprella have more colourful wings? I would have said this is Adela reaumurella but my moth knowledge is fairly limited.

Alex
by m_galathea
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Purple Hairstreak name-change?
Replies: 26
Views: 1392

Re: Purple Hairstreak name-change?

All far too confusing... perhaps we should just refer to butterflies through anagrams. The small skipper could become lark's pimples, and other species could be the leather wig and the ornate pig :lol:

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