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by Vince Massimo
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Brimstone
Topic: Brimstone - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 260

Re: Brimstone - Favourite Photo of 2017

On 22nd May this year I found 21 freshly laid Brimstone eggs on my potted Alder Buckthorn. This is one of the resulting pupae, which is 10 minutes away from producing a male butterfly.

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Brimstone pupa - Crawley, Sussex 27-June-2017


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by Vince Massimo
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Katrina
Replies: 623
Views: 17123

Re: Katrina

Hi Katrina, Your Peacock is ab. diopthalmica, which is often overlooked. http://www.britishbutterflyaberrations.co.uk/species/inachis-io/aberrations I cannot take the credit for discovering this, because other members have previously flagged this up (most recently Allan.W) http://www.ukbutterflies.c...
by Vince Massimo
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Red Admiral (Early Stages)
Replies: 17
Views: 2173

Re: Red Admiral (Early Stages)

Interesting that the first Red Admiral larva was able to slow down its development over the late autumn/winter months (31 days in 1st instar & 66 days in 2nd instar). Thanks David, it seems that the development rates of winter instars are extremely variable. I Imagine that temperature is a prim...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Red Admiral (Early Stages)
Replies: 17
Views: 2173

Re: Red Admiral (Early Stages)

Firstly a correction to my post of 19th April 2016, where I reported that I observed an overwintering larva going through only 4 instars prior to emerging as an adult butterfly. After studying more larvae in 2017 and reviewing the previous data, it was clear that there were actually 5 instars observ...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38196

Re: millerd

"This moth is a vagrant to Britain, having occurred only a few dozen times, mostly attracted to light on the south and east coasts. August is the optimum month for this species, but records have occurred between July and October." Nice find, Dave, One was also reported by Colin Knight on ...
by Vince Massimo
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Small Tortoiseshell
Topic: Small Tortoiseshell 3rd brood?
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Small Tortoiseshell 3rd brood?

Hi Pete, I have monitored many larval webs this year and, based on the development rates that I have observed, I think these could be third brood. They are late 3rd instar, so to get to this stage in their development, I estimate that the eggs would have been laid during the first week of August. Th...
by Vince Massimo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Notes and Views - August 2017

Observations on Comma larvae feeding on Hazel in a wood in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, posted by peterc. Reported on UKB forum viewtopic.php?f=48&t=9498&p=124402#p124400

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peterc 12-Aug-2017


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by Vince Massimo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Comma
Topic: Comma larva on hazel
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Comma larva on hazel

Excellent work, Peter. The construction of a larval shelter is completely new to me. Many thanks for documenting your observations.

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by Vince Massimo
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Butterfly/Moth ID please
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Butterfly/Moth ID please

Hi Mick,
That looks like a Common Lime (Papilio demoleus). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demoleus
It is a tropical butterfly and probably escaped from a nearby butterfly house or local breeder.

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Notes and Views - August 2017

A Queen of Spain Fritillary was seen at Piddington, Sussex by Dave Harris on 26th August. A visit by Neil Hulme and others the following day found 3 males in the locality. Reported in UKB personal diary http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4065&start=2720#p124020 BC QoS ...
by Vince Massimo
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pete Eeles
Replies: 1026
Views: 50761

Re: Pete Eeles

Amazing Scotch Argus larval sequence, Pete :D I have just got back from a week on the Sussex coast and was also surprised as to the number of Red Admiral larval tents to be found on fresh nettle growth. I think this species will have a good end to the season. I have reared or monitored many Red Admi...
by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Notes and Views - August 2017

A new species for Scotland, when a White-letter Hairstreak was photographed near Paxton, Berwickshire on 9th August by Iain Cowe. Reported on UKB forum viewtopic.php?t=9467&start=0#p123461

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Iain Cowe 9-Aug-2017


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by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Notes and Views - August 2017

A fresh Camberwell Beauty was photographed in Burgess Hill, Sussex on 12th August by Gemma Curtis. Reported on BC Sussex Twitter page https://twitter.com/BCSussex/status/896 ... pdates.php

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by Vince Massimo
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Larva id please
Replies: 18
Views: 430

Re: Larva id please

Well done Peter for keeping track of the larva.
I have reared or monitored both broods of Comma larvae and found that they tend to have the same colouration. Only once have I encountered a pale larva, (in July 2013) but it gave rise to a normal adult.

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Comma larva (pale final instar) 23-July-2013


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by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Notes and Views - August 2017

A male Long-tailed Blue was photographed at Southwick Basin, (Shoreham), Sussex by David Cook on 8th August. In past years this has been a good, solid site for this migrant species. Reported on Sussex BC website http://www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/sightings/ Long-tailed Blue 8-Aug-2017 (David Cook)...
by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Notes and Views - August 2017

A Swallowtail was photographed in a garden in Beckley, Sussex on 7th August by Joey King. Reported on Sussex BC website http://www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/sightings/ Another was seen in Alfriston, Sussex on 22nd August by Tim Squire. Reported on Sussex BC website http://www.sussex-butterflies.org....
by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - August 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Notes and Views - August 2017

A Monarch was photographed at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Sussex by Chris Bentley on 4th August. The thoughts are that this is probably a genuine migrant. Reported on Sussex BC website http://www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/sightings/ Another was photographed at Durlston County Park, Dorset by Thomas ...
by Vince Massimo
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Larva id please
Replies: 18
Views: 430

Re: Larva id please

Interesting stuff Mikhail and Peter. I look forward to further updates on the progress of the larva. Mine typically pupated 10 days after the final moult.

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Brimstone (Early Stages)
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: Brimstone (Early Stages)

Thanks Pete, I think I have done as much as I can with this species. Guy - Brimstones seem to attract all sorts of small flying insects to their wings when at rest. I don't know what the attraction is, but, perhaps they are just basking. However, in the case of the parasitic wasp, I cannot rule out ...
by Vince Massimo
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Brimstone (Early Stages)
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: Brimstone (Early Stages)

This report was completely revised in July 2015 and has now had another significant update. This mainly involves the addition of many new images in parts 1 and 2 (all dated 2017), as well as some minor changes to the text.

Vince

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