As Bugboy suggests, freshly-emerged Brown Argus does this too. World Cup final day, 2010. Finemere Wood, Buckinghamshire.
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- Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:15 pm
- Forum: Gatekeeper
- Topic: Gatekeeper/Hedge Brown - Favourite Photo of 2017
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The Gatekeepers in our garden are fond of nectaring on two plants in particular - fleabane and small scabious. Here is a female on the former.
- Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:08 pm
- Forum: Glanville Fritillary
- Topic: Glanville Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017
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Probably my best butterfly moment of 2017 was watching a swirling carnival of butterflies - Common, Adonis, Chequered and Baton Blues, Small Heaths, Dizzy Skippers and others - this Glanville Fritillary was an enthusiastic participant.
- Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:42 pm
- Forum: Overseas
- Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
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Not quite Var, but there are a series of articles in this link about butterflies high in the Basses-Alpes in 1932 that I imagine would be of interest to the regulars here.
I was paddling in the sea at La Cala a few months back, in rather more wintry conditions than you will have had. In winter the rocky parts of the beach are frequented by turnstones. I remember small whites and very fluttery blues which would never settle anywhere that would allow a good look at them...
White Sheet Hill, Wiltshire, 2 September. Plenty of Meadow Brown and Small Heath; also freshly-emerged Small Tortoiseshells and Small White, Adonis Blue, Common Blue and Brown Argus. Also this female blue, which I believe is Chalkhill - is this correct?
Twenty years ago, the Small Ranunculus moth was considered extinct in this country. Its fortunes have revived considerably - here is the larva feeding in full view by the side of the river in the centre of Bath.
If the account of the first species I checked out is anything to go by, this is going to be fascinating and with a good deal of practical relevance. If Frohawk's account of the hibernation habits of the Mazarine Blue is typical of the larvae in the wild, and not an artefact of rearing them in captiv...
Silver-washed Fritillary in a small copse near Bath today, apparently ovipositing on the lower trunk of beech, the first two times in sunlight and the third hidden behind an ivy leaf. Lots of freshly-emerged Red Admirals about as well.
Marjoram is a great nectar source but is mainly used by the smaller butterflies - Gatekeepers in particular love it. Because on the whole they do not fly so far, if the breeding grounds are not nearby they may struggle to find their way to the marjoram.
[quote from David M " Excellent start to the month. Just having the sun out here in south Wales would be welcome at the moment!" ] I would welcome that too ! Mike from Oxford replied a couple of days ago to a posting which referred to autumnal weather by stating that it was still only 31 ...
It could hardly have started better here - a female Silver-washed Fritillary in the garden this morning, along with Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Large and Small White. Excellent start to the month. Just having the sun out here in south Wales would be welcome at the moment! :( Well, it's the only sun w...