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by Matsukaze
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina

As Bugboy suggests, freshly-emerged Brown Argus does this too. World Cup final day, 2010. Finemere Wood, Buckinghamshire.

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by Matsukaze
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Purple Emperor
Topic: Purple Emperor Norfolk
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Purple Emperor Norfolk

See the latest post, and one a little bit further down, on the Purple Empire blog http://apaturairis.blogspot.co.uk/
by Matsukaze
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Gatekeeper
Topic: Gatekeeper/Hedge Brown - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Gatekeeper/Hedge Brown - Favourite Photo of 2017

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.

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by Matsukaze
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Glanville Fritillary
Topic: Glanville Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: Glanville Fritillary - Favourite Photo of 2017

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.

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by Matsukaze
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1581

Re: November 2017

Holcombe, Somerset - Red Admirals feeding on ivy, as they have been most days for the last three weeks.
by Matsukaze
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2823
Views: 197671

Re: Neil Hulme

Interesting device that Flailbot. I could make good use of an armoured division or two of them!
by Matsukaze
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Matsukaze
Replies: 86
Views: 5404

Re: Matsukaze

Moths to light in the woods.

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Common Marbled Carpet


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Snout - surely the Avro Vulcan of the moth world


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Large Ranunculus
by Matsukaze
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Matsukaze
Replies: 86
Views: 5404

Re: Matsukaze

Moths that have emerged recently, reared from larvae.
by Matsukaze
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 56
Views: 2106

Re: October 2017

Sham Castle field, Bath. 2 Red Admirals nectaring, 2 Speckled Woods spiralling around each other, 1 unidentified white in the distance.
by Matsukaze
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
Replies: 286
Views: 13127

Re: Butterflies of Var, Southern France

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.

https://archive.org/details/entomologistsrec451933tutt
by Matsukaze
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 1
Replies: 11
Views: 403

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 1

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...
by Matsukaze
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 50
Views: 2171

Re: September 2017.

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?

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by Matsukaze
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 2215

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

Hugely enjoyed these pictures. One day...
by Matsukaze
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Matsukaze
Replies: 86
Views: 5404

Re: Matsukaze

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.

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by Matsukaze
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Project Frohawk
Replies: 11
Views: 3886

Re: Project Frohawk

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...
by Matsukaze
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Matsukaze
Replies: 86
Views: 5404

Re: Matsukaze

Light Brown Apple Moth, emerged today from larva found on osier, Pilton Green, Gower earlier in the summer.

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by Matsukaze
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 3400

Re: August 2017

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.
by Matsukaze
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Any ideas?
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Any ideas?

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.
by Matsukaze
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 3400

Re: August 2017

[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 ...
by Matsukaze
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 3400

Re: August 2017

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...

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