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by Piers
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Blue Butterfly for ID (August 2010)
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Re: Blue Butterfly for ID (August 2010)

I have highlighted said spottage...

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by Piers
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Blue Butterfly for ID (August 2010)
Replies: 11
Views: 1686

Re: Blue Butterfly for ID (August 2010)

If the photo had been taken with wings closed, it would reveal iteself to be ab. arcuata. The strong dark stripe above the inner margin on the forewing underside is just visible from above.
by Piers
Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:27 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Sightings, December 2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1035

Sightings, December 2011

In the absence of any one else posting; a couple of red admiral were flying today in what little weak sunshine we had here in south Wiltshire. The snowdrops are emerging through the turf already in the garden, and frog spawn has been reported just over the border in Hampshire..! :shock: Has anyone e...
by Piers
Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Guestbook
Topic: New Member
Replies: 13
Views: 1715

Re: New Member

^^Ditto^^ I spend a lot of time in Cornwall especially during silver studded blue season. It has some of the most interesting populations of this species in the country. Welcome along :D
by Piers
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Spelling and Typos
Replies: 18
Views: 1291

Re: Spelling and Typos

Some people – like me – have bad backs. Some can’t spell or are dyslexic. We are stuck with our limitations and there’s not much we can do about them. So attacking someone’s spelling and grammar on internet postings is bad form. I have to disagree. I am dyslexic, but I still attempt to maintain a c...
by Piers
Thu Nov 17, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter Jolly 2011
Replies: 88
Views: 4025

Re: Winter jolly

My avatar? It's just a flock of sheep... :?
by Piers
Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: High Brown Fritillary - Castlemorton Common
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Re: High Brown Fritillary - Castlemorton Common

Thanks David. This is very sad news; another colony lost. Although the two or three popular sites at which to see the butterfly seem to have stable populations, nationally this species continues to decline at an alarming rate, with colonies being lost almost annually. There is little reason to suppo...
by Piers
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:51 am
Forum: Conservation
Topic: High Brown Fritillary - Castlemorton Common
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

High Brown Fritillary - Castlemorton Common

I may have simply dreamed this up, but I am sure that someone told me earlier this year that the high brown fritillary is now extinct at it's former stronghold in the Malverns, Castlemorton Common.

Can anyone confirm either way? :?

Thanks in advance...

Piers.
by Piers
Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2011 sightings
Replies: 129
Views: 4699

Re: October 2011 sightings

David M wrote:It was, in fact, a Red Admiral and is probably the last time I'll see a butterfly in 2011. :(

Don't worry David M, there'll be plenty of red admirals around throughout the winter in the south. Grow some Mahonia, they love it as a mid winter nectar source. :D

Piers.
by Piers
Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Frozen Planet
Replies: 24
Views: 1915

Re: Frozen Planet

padfield wrote:a dog should come to you when you call because it wants to, not because it is frightened of the consequences of not coming

Quite right: Reward is used to encourage, chastisement to deter. You can't train a dog to respond to a positive command through chastising it..!

Piers.
by Piers
Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Frozen Planet
Replies: 24
Views: 1915

Re: Frozen Planet

Do domestic cats actually kill as a leisure pursuit? or is it instinctive for the animal to attack and kill a young blue tit (for example)? The more practise the predator gets, the more likely it is to succeed when survival depends upon it and food is scarce.
by Piers
Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: mimicry in species
Replies: 16
Views: 787

Re: mimicry in species

Mimicry occurs across the animal kingdom Sooze, for various ends. Mimicry is of course even used by plants to facilitate reproduction. Mimicry in plants is also used defensively, such as passiflora leaves having structures which mimic the eggs of heliconid butterflies in order to deter the butterfli...
by Piers
Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Frozen Planet
Replies: 24
Views: 1915

Re: Frozen Planet

the way those Killer Whales skittled that seal into the water was both cruel and awe-inspiring Interesting. Are the Orca really cruel ; wilfully causing pain or distress for it's own sake? This is interesting because the BBC have long been criticized for showing animals 'behaving cruelly' during wi...
by Piers
Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID of another butterfly in flight
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: ID of another butterfly in flight

Top notch Guy..! :D
by Piers
Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Orange Tip Chrysalis
Replies: 9
Views: 627

Re: Orange Tip Chrysalis

Chrysalids are often formed upon the stems of garlic mustard (when this is the chosen food plant). They are, however, surprisingly camouflaged. I shall take a photograph of three pupae on an honesty stem growing at the back of the garden; honesty is readily used as a larval food plant in gardens. Ap...
by Piers
Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2011 sightings
Replies: 129
Views: 4699

Re: October 2011 sightings

John W saw: remarkably fresh looking female Meadow Brown. The life cycle of the MB could certainly benefit from study. It is not reliably know to be double brooded (Guy: Is it always single in Switzerland or is the situation just as confusing there?) I offer the suggestion that the larvae hibernate...
by Piers
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Frohawk - Natural History of British Butterflies
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Re: Frohawk - Natural History of British Butterflies

Hi Lee, Frohawk executed his own illustrations for the work. His work as an illustrator was his stock in trade. 'FWF' (as he became known) was one of the foremost ornithological artists of the early 20th century; and it is for these illustrations (rather than whose of butterflies) that he is best kn...
by Piers
Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Frohawk - Natural History of British Butterflies
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Re: Frohawk - Natural History of British Butterflies

Now SOLD . To a thoroughly respectable expatriate. For those who have never seen these books, I thought I would post pics of a couple of the plates. Being folio size, these books are quite large (15x10 inches) a size which does full justice to the beautiful plates. Alas, my phone camera does not... ...
by Piers
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Common Blue
Topic: Common Blue - Favourite Photo of 2011
Replies: 22
Views: 1839

Re: Common Blue - Favourite Photo of 2011

John W wrote:There are some lovely images on this thread!

I love the blue scaling on this female:
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Steyning Rifle Range, Aug 21st 2011

That one is a beauty, John W.
by Piers
Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: autumnwatch
Replies: 40
Views: 2634

Re: autumnwatch

Michaeljf wrote:I think you should demand your licence fee back!

What on earth are you talking about. :roll:

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