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by walpolec
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 4406

Re: June 2017

Hi Walpolec, I was at Totterhoe on Thursday and Friday and only saw 25, along the whole of the path below the chalk cliffs. Was I in the wrong place or maybe a bit too early? Thanks Ron Hi Ron, If you mean yesterday and today (1st and 2nd June) then I think your timing was "spot-on". I sa...
by walpolec
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 4406

Re: June 2017

Some brilliant video footage of Small Blues there Chris,think a trip to my local site may be in order !! Nice One !! Regards Allan.W. Thanks Allan! I think the site is pretty special and the Small Blues are out in pretty good numbers at the moment. I imagine that you're OK, but do you need any deta...
by walpolec
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 80
Views: 4406

Re: June 2017

Visited Totternhoe Quarry (Beds) today, mostly to look for Small Blues. Well, I hit the jackpot! I saw a total of over 220 in two sections of the site. They really are stunning tiny creatures and it was thrilling seeing them in such numbers. At one stage when the sun went in and it was rather dull, ...
by walpolec
Sat May 13, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2017
Replies: 81
Views: 4165

Re: May 2017

Just a couple of hours at Whipsnade/Dunstable Downs this afternoon to look for spring species including Duke of Burgundy. We saw nothing until the sun came out and then saw at least six Dukes/Duchesses within the space of 20m and 5 minutes. In total we saw at least 13 separate DoB, as well as Green ...
by walpolec
Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: UKB Purple Emperor badges
Replies: 16
Views: 679

Re: UKB Purple Emperor badges

Me too please, Paul!

(I think you might have just favourited my pic of HIM on Twitter - you have a very distinctive logo!) [Thanks]

Chris
by walpolec
Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: April 2015
Replies: 109
Views: 5369

Re: April 2015

walpolec The Isle of Scilly Speckled Wood is a quite distinctive form with orange pale patches instead of the normal cream... It's only found on the Scillies This is subspecies insula - there is a description and a few images on the relevant species page on UKB. It looks like an intermediate stage ...
by walpolec
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: April 2015
Replies: 109
Views: 5369

Something unusual from the Scilly Isles?

Just coming to the end of a gorgeous week in the Scillies. We have seen an unidentified white, several Speckled Woods, loads of Peacocks and a single Holly Blue. Today we spotted what we initially thought was a Speckled Wood, but when it settled it looked more like a Wall, but not quite how I rememb...
by walpolec
Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Spanish butterflies to ID, if you wouldn't mind...
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Spanish butterflies to ID, if you wouldn't mind...

Padfield wrote:The first two are female Lang's short-tailed blues, Leptotes pirithous, and the last, as you suggest, is a geranium bronze, Cacyreus marshalli.

Guy


Thanks, Guy. I very much appreciate the confirmation of the ID's.

Chris
by walpolec
Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Spanish butterflies to ID, if you wouldn't mind...
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Spanish butterflies to ID, if you wouldn't mind...

It was a little too hot and dry to see many butterflies during our recent holiday in the Costa Blanca, but the few flowering plants in our villa's garden had some visitors. I'd be grateful if they could be identified. The first two are (I think) different individuals of the same species (???? Tailed...
by walpolec
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Playing Cards

Which species would you choose as the jokers!?
:D
by walpolec
Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2014
Replies: 180
Views: 6518

Is this the Dingiest skipper this year?

I had a great couple of hours in the middle(ish) of Milton Keynes at the Blue Lagoon reserve, with the aim of seeing Small Blue, which seem to be hanging on by their wing tips there. One definite sighting, along with some lovely Common Blues. But no photos that seem worth posting. On the way out I d...
by walpolec
Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2013
Replies: 69
Views: 1879

Memorable last day of butterflies for 2013?

I'd not seen any butterflies for a couple of weeks so I was pretty much resigned to that being it for the year. Well, we had a pleasant surprise to have a Peacock land on my daughter's boot this morning [however the best was yet to come]: http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y156/walpolec/forum%20images...
by walpolec
Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Long tailed Blues in Kent
Replies: 220
Views: 7147

Re: Long tailed Blues in Kent

brian laney wrote:If I do manage to get down to Kent I will let everyone know the outcome.
Brian Laney.


Hi Brian
I tried to PM you last night and today - but my messages remained obstinately in my Outbox. Anyway, thanks for your PM: did you go?!
Chris
by walpolec
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Butterflysaurus rex
Replies: 733
Views: 22955

Re: Butterflysaurus rex

millerd wrote:History in the making...

Dave


Shouldn't that be "History in mat-ing"

:D
[Loving the whole LTB story even though I can't be part of it]
Chris
by walpolec
Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Long tailed Blues in Kent
Replies: 220
Views: 7147

Re: Long tailed Blues in Kent

I would be interested to know if anyone sees any Long Tailed Blues over the weekend at Kingsdown. I would love to come down and see them. Brian Laney, Northamptonshire. Hi Brian, it's good to see someone else from Northants posting here! I too have thought about going down to see the LTB's but unfo...
by walpolec
Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:08 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Long tailed Blues in Kent
Replies: 220
Views: 7147

Re: Long tailed Blues in Kent

lee3764 wrote:[We are just about to leave Cornwall for the trek!
Lee Slaughter (Cornwall).


Hope you remembered your passports! :D

All the best for the trip and fingers crossed it's a successful one for you!

Chris
by walpolec
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2013
Replies: 106
Views: 4085

Re: September 2013

David M wrote: ....as most Peacocks down here estivated 2-3 weeks ago.


Aha! So that's what happened to all of the Peacocks! That makes sense, thanks. (I had to look up the meaning of estivation though) :wink:
by walpolec
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1217
Views: 26123

Re: essex buzzard

Hi Essex I really enjoyed reading about your experiences in Cornwall. We often visit my sister in Penzance (we're in Northants) and it was interesting to know what could be seen if you're in the right place at the right time! We visited Kynance Cove in August a couple of years ago and I got the feel...
by walpolec
Fri May 31, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2013
Replies: 253
Views: 8905

Re: Dukes in Beds - a great day!

I'd be grateful for some tips, please... Hoping to get down to Bedfordshire in search of Dukes this week and wondered if anyone out there could recommend specific sites to go looking. I'll have the kids in tow so searching time will be limited. :? Totternhoe, Whipsnade/Bison Hill... The great (by c...
by walpolec
Mon May 27, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2013
Replies: 253
Views: 8905

Re: Dukes in Beds

At Totternhoe, once you leave the car-park, head-out North, along the path between the fields until you get to the hills and humps over the first field. Then, go right and head into those humps and hollows; the best places are at the eastern end of the hollows, where the Dukes hang-out on the steep...

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