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by Matsukaze
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Matsukaze
Replies: 86
Views: 4999

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: 4999

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: 41
Views: 1153

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: 12365

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: 10
Views: 308

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: 1887

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: 1941

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: 4999

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: 3717

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: 4999

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: 2952

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: 288

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: 2952

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: 2952

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...
by Matsukaze
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 2952

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.
by Matsukaze
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
Replies: 286
Views: 12365

Re: Butterflies of Var, Southern France

Lovely photos - that Scarce Fritillary underside has the look of an admiral or emperor underside, rather than a fritillary. I have vague memories of it being a woodland species - convergent evolution in the patterns of the underwings?
by Matsukaze
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
Replies: 286
Views: 12365

Re: Butterflies of Var, Southern France

Thanks folks!

A couple of favourite photos - Queen of Spain Fritillary and the scarce burnet moth Zygaena rhadamanthus.

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by Matsukaze
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glanville Fritillary - Caterpillar
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Glanville Fritillary - Caterpillar

In Var, I have seen the adults in both May and September, and the caterpillar in July. I've seen the caterpillar in northern France in mid-April. The excerpt from Lafranchis that David quotes suggests the butterfly is bivoltine right across (lowland) France; does this include the populations on the ...
by Matsukaze
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Papilio alexanor
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Papilio alexanor

Lovely photos - a particular favourite being one of the Large Coppers - and some very rare insects indeed among them.

I think it was you I spoke to earlier this year about sites for the Spring Ringlet - I'm glad to see you photographed it!
by Matsukaze
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 74
Views: 3230

Re: July 2017

David M wrote:There are elms in nearby Siccaridge Wood, Matsukaze, so I suppose the WLHs have come into the reserve from there.


I went looking there for signs of breeding - I didn't find any WLH eggs but did come across this, which I think is a Comma caterpillar.

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