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by Padfield
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3008
Views: 86994

Re: Padfield

I popped back to the willow emerald site this morning to see if I could photograph a male. In the short time I was there I didn't see one, but I found another amenable female and got better photographs of critical ID features. One of these is the dark spur on the side of the thorax, diagnostic even ...
by Padfield
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3008
Views: 86994

Re: Padfield

Thanks, Buzzard. I sent the record in and understand they are keen for as many observers as possible to be on top of this species: https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/content/willow-emerald-watch It will be interesting to watch its spread over the rest of the country. Mostly grey days since. Here are...
by Padfield
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Fritillary ID Picos de Europa
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Fritillary ID Picos de Europa

I do like that last one for deione!

Second definitely parthenoides.

First also parthenoides - slightly short of definite.

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Fritillary ID Picos de Europa
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Fritillary ID Picos de Europa

Hi Paul. Sorry not to have replied earlier. I did see the post but thought (correctly! :D ) that some of the other Melitaea fans would give an opinion while I was away from my books. I say that because I've never visited the Picos (I almost went there this year but in the end decided on Arragón) so ...
by Padfield
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: North Virginia high summer
Replies: 13
Views: 162

Re: North Virginia high summer

More Gems, Paul - even if your wife does think you are on a parallel track a few hundred miles off reality. :D For clarification, I asked Paul if he had any tricky species to identify as I'm currently reviewing an ID guide to American butterflies and wanted to see how it measured up against some unk...
by Padfield
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3008
Views: 86994

Re: Padfield

Quite, David. But it is a long and perilous journey they must make before then ... I haven't posted recently as I'm back in Suffolk and my time has been taken up with other things. But I have had a few chances to get on the bike and was pleased to see wall near the coast a few days ago. Holly blues ...
by Padfield
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Armenia Grizzled Skippers please
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Armenia Grizzled Skippers please

Hi Buzzard. I'm in the UK at the moment, so away from my books. There are a few Armenian species not found in Europe so I'll hold back on ID until I get back to CH - by which time, someone else might have given a definitive answer. To keep the thread alive, if nothing else, I'll say neither of these...
by Padfield
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: New species for Scotland as the White Letter Hairstreak is finally revealed

Congratulations to you, Iain, and to the happy colony. May it prosper.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3008
Views: 86994

Re: Padfield

A few rainy day pictures. Dawn keeping her head above water: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/iriscatdawn11aug2017a.jpg http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/iriscatdawn11aug2017b.jpg Angel doing the same - less successfully: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/iriscatangel11aug2017b.jpg http...
by Padfield
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Italian Graylings and Skipper.
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Italian Graylings and Skipper.

Hi Rezamink. Your first grayling is just sufficiently ambiguous for me to be unsure whether it is woodland or rock. Sometimes it's clear one way or the other, sometimes not. I'd probably go 70-30 for woodland. In the field, with experience, size is a help, especially where both fly. The upperside is...
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 1413

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

Thanks for the extra picture, David. It's difficult to judge from it, because it's difficult to see what are artefacts and what are actually markings. But it does seem to have a chequered fringe - which to my mind rules out meolans . The red area also seems to be constricted - characteristic of aeth...
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Blue ID Help
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Blue ID Help

I've just scanned through my pictures and while most have no spotting a few have light spotting, similar to yours:

Image

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 1413

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

Fantastic Erebia . I've still never seen aethiopella - it doesn't fly in Switzerland. In your previous post, I was confident on seeing the Cleopatra flight picture that it was a male southern small white chasing it (from the shape of the apical mark). You may well have seen more of this species than...
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Blue ID Help
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Blue ID Help

The gleaming wings, the two-tone fringe, the black lines coming in from the edges, the rather thick marginal line and the lack of furry androconial scales all point to dorylas (turquoise blue) in my view. Guy PS - compare those features with this dorylas , photographed this year: http://www.guypadfi...
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Italian Blues....
Replies: 13
Views: 139

Re: Italian Blues....

Sorry Charles! Sometimes I'm wrong, though ... :D The recent monograph on subgenus Agrodiaetus ( Lycaenidae part IV, Guide to the Butterflies of the Palearctic Region , 2016) recognises five subspecies of Polyommatus dolus (furry blue): dolus , vittatus , virgilius , gargano and paravirgilius . As t...
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Italian Blues....
Replies: 13
Views: 139

Re: Italian Blues....

Yes to the common blues - and note that in blues, unlike other groups, females are often smaller. And yes to the furries! Brilliant! I can't remember the current specific/subspecific status of the Italian populations but will check on my return if no one else has commented.

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Italian Blues....
Replies: 13
Views: 139

Re: Italian Blues....

Hi all. I'm checking posts from my iPhone - usually a good way of making a fool of myself :D - but I would say the middle one can't be silver stud as it has a cell spot. In addition, what is visible of the hindwing ups looks wrong. I would say it is a female common blue. Tiny specimens are common in...
by Padfield
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3008
Views: 86994

Re: Padfield

Hi David and Buggy. Dryad is a relatively late summer butterfly. Once it is out it is abundant where it flies, and you can't really miss something that big, but it doesn't appear until late July, chez moi at least. You can miss 1st and 2nd instar purple emperor cats. They are still tiny, and the mor...
by Padfield
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Fritillary ID please
Replies: 16
Views: 352

Re: Fritillary ID please

I agree with all the IDs. The Apollo is certainly striking. It would be interesting to know if this individual was exceptional or if most of the Apollos there looked something like this. There are many (too many) named subspecies and forms of Apollo. The one from the Picos is ardanazi . Leraut descr...
by Padfield
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3008
Views: 86994

Re: Padfield

Spike and Glory, having been impossible to find two days ago, were back in their usual places today. I can only think they were on stems rather than leaves when I last looked. Together with Angel and Dawn, that makes four caterpillars locatable this morning - three first instar and one second (Dawn)...

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