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by bugboy
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1526
Views: 35031

Re: Bugboys mission

Is that the 'Bookham Commons' Bugboy ? Looking at the map I've been close, Fetcham Downs/Norbury Park, but never made it over there. I'll have to give it a go next year. Interesting stuff. :) It is indeed Andrew and I can recommend a visit at anytime of the season. It has a very good range of speci...
by bugboy
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Lulworth Skipper
Topic: Lulworth Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Lulworth Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

I spent another glorious day in Dorset again this year, chasing this tiny butterfly around the stunning coast, and there was certainly no shortage with them probably numbering in the three figures.
Lulworth Skipper female, Durlston Country Park #2.JPG
by bugboy
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Marbled White
Topic: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 23

Re: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017

These seemed to have a very narrow flight period this year, nevertheless I found good numbers in most of their usual haunts I visit. I found some very well behaved fresh ones on Box Hill, their season debut for me Marbled White male, Box Hill #2.JPG Marbled White male, Box Hill #1.JPG The following ...
by bugboy
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1526
Views: 35031

Re: Bugboys mission

9th December, Bookham A crisp, sunny winters day tempted me out to my favourite Surrey spot. The chilly recent weather has certainly brought out the local birds with lots of small birds foraging in the canopy, no doubt countless Hairstreak eggs and White Admiral caterpillars disappearing into their...
by bugboy
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 852

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

A visit to Bookham turned up a single Red Admiral egg today. It is located in a glade where a couple of paths meet and is a spot where I have regularly seen freshly emerged early adults in previous years, too early and in too good condition to be migrants. IMG_0046.JPG IMG_0045.JPG The air temperatu...
by bugboy
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pete Eeles
Replies: 1032
Views: 51927

Re: Pete Eeles

Thanks Wurzel! I'm not sure what that critter to the right of the egg is. It was crawling around, and didn't emerge from the egg. Nature is just brilliant - always so much to learn! Cheers, - Pete Could be a Psyllid Bug, they're normally found lurking and creeping around in nooks and crannies :)
by bugboy
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Large Tortoiseshell
Topic: Large Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Large Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo of 2017

I think I can imagine how exciting it must be to spot a Large Tortoiseshell in the UK. I should think you are understandably chuffed, Bugboy 8) Is the location being kept secret ? Your second-to-last photo may show a territorial defensive head-down posture Chris No Chris, the location was deliberat...
by bugboy
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Large Heath
Topic: Large Heath - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 59

Re: Large Heath - Favourite Photo of 2017

Another memorable day (although not necessarily all for the right reasons) at the end of June saw me catching up with another lifer at Whixhall Moss on the Welsh Borders, with the first one I saw being this attractively marked individual :)
Large Heath, Whixhall Moss.JPG
by bugboy
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Large Skipper
Topic: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017

Here's two from Chobham Common, where they seem to go on flying all summer. The first is from my first visit of the year, 15th June Large Skipper male, Chobham Common #1.JPG and one of the last I saw (long after they'd vanished from my other sites) two months later Large Skipper male, Chobham Common...
by bugboy
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Large White
Topic: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 125

Re: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017

This was, by some margin, the least often encountered of our 'widespread/common' species, seeing only a handful all year. Given the apparent scarcity this one distracted me one afternoon when I was chasing White Admirals and Silver-washed Frits. Not something I would have thought possible a few year...
by bugboy
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Large Tortoiseshell
Topic: Large Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Large Tortoiseshell - Favourite Photo of 2017

Oh go on then, if you insist :D. I still remember this encounter like it was this afternoon, made all the more satisfying (if it were possible) by the fact it was such an appalling day up to this moment. The very first picture taken with shaking hands and my heart in my mouth. Large Tortoiseshell, B...
by bugboy
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1526
Views: 35031

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 Thanks Paul, I'...
by bugboy
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3084
Views: 93769

Re: Padfield

Very good Guy, the 'join' is very subtlety done :D
by bugboy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1254
Views: 27570

Re: essex buzzard

You lucky bugger! I had a wander round Epping Forest yesterday (lots of Hornbeam there) in the hope of finding some but didn't see any... didn't see much of anything to be honest :(
by bugboy
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Mallorca Butterfly
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Mallorca Butterfly

I remember you showing me this picture on Mill hill Pat. Now I've seen it on my computer screen it seems obvious to me that a Holly Blue is the most likely :)
by bugboy
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter social 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1149

Re: Winter social 2017

A special thanks to Philzoid for not having his beer aimed at me when it went rogue . I hope Wurzel managed to dry out before he got home. I'm still annoyed with myself for having wasted a perfectly good pint :roll: Still, at least it gave Wurzel the perfect excuse when he got home smelling of beer...
by bugboy
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina
Replies: 3
Views: 163

Re: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina

I'd say that expert knows what they're talking about :) , you see similar glossy sheens on other freshly emerged butterflies. I have a similar image of a greenish blue Grayling from this year which I posted on the favourite photo thread here http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=58&am...
by bugboy
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Clouded Yellow
Topic: Clouded Yellow - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 246

Re: Clouded Yellow - Favourite Photo of 2017

Held off from posting on this thread since I was still chasing them on the south coast when it started but here's three that stand out for me from this years crop down on the Sussex coast :) Clouded Yellow male, Mill Hill Shoreham 1.JPG Clouded Yellow male, Shoreham Harbour.JPG Clouded Yellow male, ...
by bugboy
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Holly Blue
Topic: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

Here's a rare image of a Holly Blue multitasking, egg laying AND opening her wings :shock: Holly Blue female ovipositing, Walthamstow Marshes.JPG and there was a discussion at yesterdays social about getting Holly Blues to open their wings as wide as possible so I thought it only right to show of th...
by bugboy
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Large Blue
Topic: Large Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: Large Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

A last minute decision to go to Daneway Banks again this year made for a memorable afternoon chasing all sorts of butterflies. The Large Blues all seemed to be egg laying females, although I never actually saw an egg actually being laid. I like the Plume moth here casually photobombing the Blue Larg...

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