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by Padfield
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Thanks Mike, Dave and Pete. That sunset was no trick of the camera - quite remarkable to behold, though only for a few minutes. Still on the gif theme, here is one of the Christmas tree in Villars-sur-Ollon. In fact, here are two - so they might take some time to load. The first is as it came out of...
by Padfield
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Thanks Andrew.

It's going to be scenic views for a while I think - no butterflies, at least.

This was taken on my walk home from school, crossing the Chesières bridge:

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Guy
by Padfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

I can't claim any credit for that, Buggy! :D The truth is, after 3 years my old iPhone 6 plus could no longer keep up with the demands of iOS 11 (battery suddenly jumping to zero, apps taking ages to load &c.), so I upgraded to the 8 plus. All iPhones from 6S onwards have a 'live photo' option. ...
by Padfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Very low temperatures, David, at the moment. As a rule, this is good for spring butterflies, though very cold winters often wipe out the clouded yellows. I've been playing around with animated GIFs. The picture below (taken today) will take a few moments to load but when it is fully charged the icy ...
by Padfield
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3168
Views: 145016

Re: Wurzel

By the way, what does "setaceous" mean? I had confused it with "sebaceous", but the images that conjures up are not good ones. :oops: :D It means hairy or bristly, from the Latin saeta (meaning hair or bristle). Presumably there is something particularly hairy or bristly about t...
by Padfield
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Test
Topic: Gif test
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Gif test

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by Padfield
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Thank you for the comments, CC, Buzzard, David and Andrew. Up here in the mountains we have now definitely entered the winter, no butterfly, season. That doesn't necessarily mean I won't see any more this year - but I walked Minnie this afternoon in lovely sunshine and nothing flew. In the valley, i...
by Padfield
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Indeed - the alpine weather and landscape provide an infinite variety of wonders for the walker and naturalist to admire. Two of my best nights ever were spent bivvying at 2000m with Minnie, watching the progression of the heavens from the summer constellations when we went to bed to autumn and wint...
by Padfield
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Thank you CC and Andrew. It is beautiful - but not many butterflies about just at the moment. This was morning walkies today:

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Guy
by Padfield
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Green Hairstreak
Topic: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 241

Re: Green Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

I'll kick off with a nice fresh individual photographed on 25th March in North Italy:

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Guy
by Padfield
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Caterpillar Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Caterpillar Identification

Hi Stevie. It looks like a particularly pale, pale tussock moth (Calliteara pudibunda). Most caterpillars are more yellowish but they can be almost white.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: GM Butterflies, hmmmmm
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: GM Butterflies, hmmmmm

For those who are interested in the research, as well as those who have reservations about it (as I do), here's a link to my recent review of The Ecology & Evolution of Heliconius Butterflies by Chris Jiggins: http://www.dispar.org/reference.php?id=132 . It's a fascinating read (the book, not th...
by Padfield
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Happy Birthday Pete
Replies: 14
Views: 233

Re: Happy Birthday Pete

And a very happy bidet from Minnie and me too!

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Hi CC. For scenic pictures, like the Berger's clouded yellow, the camera needs to be within 10cm of the subject. This sets it against as wide a backdrop as possible, by the mathematics of parallax. The downside of this is that when the sun is low it is difficult to avoid the camera's shadow. In that...
by Padfield
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3085
Views: 93949

Re: Padfield

Hi Buzzard. Red kites are not really rare here but certainly less numerous than blacks. And you never lose reactions learnt in childhood - red kite is an exciting bird! David - glad to help provide that little out-of-season fix! :D CC - No problem at all with your tangerines, as you call them. If I ...
by Padfield
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unientified Blue in Italy
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Unientified Blue in Italy

Hi Stevie,

This is most probably a common blue, Polyommatus icarus. The lack of a visible cell spot makes the ID slightly less confident but from everything we can see here that is by far the most likely.

Guy
by Padfield
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Israeli butterflies
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: Israeli butterflies

Hi Ian. The first is Zizeeria karsandra (the eastern equivalent of the African grass blue, usually called the dark grass blue in English). The second is Chilades galba.

Guy
by Padfield
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Common Blue
Topic: Common Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 272

Re: Common Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

Continuing the ab theme, here's a rather smart male hoping to pass his distinctive appearance on to the next generation. http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/icarusab14oct2017b.jpg (14th October) I took that photograph on 14th October in the Rhône Valley. On 25th October he was still strutting his ...
by Padfield
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Uganda
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Butterflies of Uganda

I'm looking forward to your pictures and reports! If you are stuck with any of the IDs I will be happy to help out.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Uganda
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: Butterflies of Uganda

Hi Lee. http://atbutterflies.com/ is a useful website, from which you can download (in many sections) a digital encyclopaedia of African species (for a subscription). There are several handy guides to common African butterflies, including the Collins handguide by Carcasson, the Field Guide to the Bu...

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