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by Vince Massimo
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Today I revisited the cemetery wall site in Crawley. Despite the air temperature being only 3C (and the base of the wall at 8C), I found two freshly hatched 1st instar Red Admiral larvae crawling about in the open. One was on a leaf next to a unhatched egg and the other was in the crown of the same ...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Large White
Topic: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 172

Re: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017

David M wrote:How did you get them to align like that, Vince? :shock:


I didn't, that's how they were resting.
If you look at enough larvae (like I do), then some will make you smile :D

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Large White
Topic: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 172

Re: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017

This year there were many Large White eggs laid in the garden, mainly on my Nasturtiums (which I plant specifically for that reason). It is always fascinating to observe the behaviour of the larvae as they develop and one of my favourite images is of a group of 2nd instars playing nicely. IMG_4407-B...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - November 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 325

Re: Notes and Views - November 2017

2017 has been a very good year for the Red Admiral, with many adults still flying in November. Whilst eggs and larvae could be found in many locations, egglaying was observed to still be taking place on 26th November in Southwick, Hampshire (by Paul Harfield) and Crawley, Sussex (by Vince Massimo). ...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Notes and Views
Topic: Notes and Views - May 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Notes and Views - May 2017

A report of Brimstones laying eggs on Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica) on 25th and 27th May 2017 in a Lincolnshire garden. Observed and photographed by Pete Smith and reported on UKB forum http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=4&p=126631#p126619. The larvae did not survive on...
by Vince Massimo
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Well done, Paul. That seems to be a much more sheltered site than mine in Crawley, with greater potential for winter sightings. I have never had two females egg laying at the same time, nor seen more than two flying together. I would be inclined to call your largest larva a 3rd instar.

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

Am I right in suggesting that she is able to lay those eggs so close together because the survival rate at this time of year is very low? The temperature at the base of that wall says it all. Hi Mark, I think she is just acting instinctively. Around 95% of the eggs are on plants which are tucked ve...
by Vince Massimo
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

Another visit to the cemetery wall site in Crawley today found an egg laying Red Admiral. She was there between 12.00 and 12.30 and was seen to lay at least 15 eggs, including one on an already overloaded sprig. IMG_5990-B-01G.jpg IMG_6019-01G.jpg The air temperature was 8C, but at the base of the w...
by Vince Massimo
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Another visit to the cemetery wall site in Crawley today found an egg laying Red Admiral (V2). She was there between 12.00 and 12.30 and was seen to lay at least 15 eggs, including one on an already overloaded sprig. IMG_5990-B-01G.jpg IMG_6019-01G.jpg The air temperature was 8C, but at the base of ...
by Vince Massimo
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

A female Red Admiral at the cemetery site in Crawley today. IMG_5968-A-01G.jpg I completed a revised egg count, which was done over the course of two days, and the total now stands at 439 eggs. Only a few are newly laid since the last count, so the others must have been there all along. IMG_5976-01G...
by Vince Massimo
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Well done Peter and Pete. Keep the observations coming :D . I was back at the cemetery site in Crawley today. The sun was shining, but it was only reading 7C, so I was a bit surprised to see a female Red Admiral who appeared at 12.25. She basked for a few hours but did not lay any eggs. From her mar...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Another visit to the cemetery site in Crawley produced 2 female Red Admirals (V1) and (V2) and one of them (V2) was observed to lay at least one egg at around midday. IMG_5938-01G.jpg IMG_5943-B-01G Female.jpg The egg total continues to increase, but a full count was not completed. The temperature w...
by Vince Massimo
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

Today at the cemetery site in Crawley there were two female Red Admirals. One was observed to be egglaying.

IMG_5943-B-01G Female.jpg
Female Red Admiral - Crawley, Sussex 23-Nov-2017


The temperature was approximately 12C, but with a brisk wind.

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Fascinating thread. One would presume that the main cause of death (non human related) of these winter offspring would be vertebrate insectivore predation and weather related since any parasites/parasitoids would be hibernating. Or are some of them becoming more active in our milder winters :?: Hi ...
by Vince Massimo
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Thanks Pete. I was there again today, just to remove some litter and put down some apples for the butterflies. The wall has a total length of around 58m which is split into 17 sections, which makes my surveying easier. Upon checking three plants that I had previously photographed on the 19th, I foun...
by Vince Massimo
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

I'm not sure if it's due to particular influx or just a general build-up of numbers through the season, David. All I know is that both myself and Pete reported seeing large numbers of larval shelters in Sussex and Devon respectively in mid-August.

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

I have never seen anything quite like it, Dave, but I suspect it's just the tip pf the iceberg. It should be an interesting winter and early spring :D .

Vince
by Vince Massimo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

A further visit to the cemetery wall nettle bed at Ifield, Crawley today found an egg-laying female. She was observed to lay 3 eggs at around 12.30 and she stayed basking on the wall until 2.30. IMG_5880-01G.jpg IMG_5894-01G.jpg A full count along the whole length of the wall produced 192 eggs. IMG_...
by Vince Massimo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 886

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

A further visit to the cemetery wall nettle bed at Ifield, Crawley today found an egg-laying female (V1). She was observed to lay 3 eggs at around 12.30 and she stayed basking on the wall until 2.30. IMG_5880-01G.jpg IMG_5894-01G.jpg A full count along the whole length of the wall produced 192 eggs,...
by Vince Massimo
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1577

Re: November 2017

A Red Admiral and Speckled Wood today in sparkling sunshine. IMG_5847-01G.jpg IMG_5852-01G.jpg A survey of a likely site for Red Admiral eggs produced over 100 at a nettle bed in the shelter of a south-facing wall. More details here: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=9581&star...

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