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by Padfield
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

In my day, back in Suffolk, February wasn't a butterfly month, Buggy!! It's not really a butterfly month out here either. Today I got up early and headed off to Italy, in case a few early large tortoiseshells might be tempted out to play. It was a glorious day, and very warm by February standards (1...
by Padfield
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Thanks Buggy, Wurzel, Buzzard and Goldie! :D First sunny day for a while today, and lots of small tortoiseshells in the valley. I saw them not just in hotspots in the vineyards but generally throughout my walk. Just one Queen of Spain, chased to the edges of a hotspot by the bully tortoiseshells. Bu...
by Padfield
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Butterfly classification
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Butterfly classification

Interesting. I’d never heard of the Hedylidae until I read Adrian Hoskins’s recent books. Will study in detail when I’m not on a train.

The link you posted seems to be to the home page. I then searched for ‘butterfly classification’ to reach the article I think you intended.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: A Beginner - Identification
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: A Beginner - Identification

This seems to be a small white - though I’m not sure I can rule out large white on this view. Either way, it is not an adult hibernator and probably emerged in error from its chrysalis in the middle of winter. This poses a dilemma. Neither species is naturally on the wing before April. If you releas...
by Padfield
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Thank you Buzzard, Goldie, David and Andrew. I think you're right, Goldie, that the small tortoiseshells on average have smaller spots here, but it's very variable. Accentors drop down to the valley for the winter but I don't think they breed there. It's just that there aren't many insects up in the...
by Padfield
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Second opinion for E. crameri please
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Second opinion for E. crameri please

I'll add a third opinion - definitely crameri.

What a wonderful place for butterflies the Mediterranean region is!

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: White Admiral
Topic: White Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 133

Re: White Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

I've yet to find a pupa ...

My offering is a mere shadow of Downland Boy's:

Image

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: White-letter Hairstreak
Topic: White-letter Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 204

Re: White-letter Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017

My favourite, taken on 27th July last year in my local woods:

Image

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Thanks Buzzard - I'm not good at aging raptors! At this time of year, almost everything seems to eat voles - the buzzards eat them, the stoats eat them, the local dogs and cats eat them ... It amazes me there are any voles left in the country! When the snow is thick, they gain some protection from l...
by Padfield
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Hi David. Thanks for the comment on the blue skies! I often take scenic views with my iPhone, which has an outstanding HDR mode. It takes two pictures at different light settings and combines them. Small sensors have rather poor dynamic range, resulting in bleached bright areas or gloomy dark areas,...
by Padfield
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Thanks Buzzard and David. Amazingly, despite it being actually warm on the Sunday of that weekend (after my last post), nothing flew in the valley. Admittedly, there was a rather cool breeze, but not more than on other days when I've seen butterflies on the wing. I think several consecutive days of ...
by Padfield
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 130
Views: 3927

Re: Tony Moore

I had no idea that moths could mimic butterflies like this species does and, like you, I have no answer as to why this should be. There's a surprising amount of it about! Compare this moth ( Castnia cononia ) ... http://www.theinsectcollector.com/acatalog/Castnia_cononia_amazonica_p.jpg (from http:...
by Padfield
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 130
Views: 3927

Re: Tony Moore

Moore wonderful stuff, Tony! Fantastic to have seen brookiana - it's something I've admired in books since I was about 7 years old but never seen in the flesh. I'd tentatively suggest some subspecies of J. hedonia for the pansy, rather than iphita . The violet reflections and relatively strong spott...
by Padfield
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1308
Views: 29450

Re: essex buzzard

I agree - fantastic gull shots. When I was a young birder it was all binoculars and field notes. To get photos like these would have needed equipment beyond my wildest financial dreams!! Black redstarts breed commonly in my village but they move out in winter and I don't think I even see them in the...
by Padfield
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Hi David. I have to say, I just find it interesting to see tropical butterflies in the flesh - to learn their flight patterns and, within limits, their behaviour. I have a yearly permit for both the Papiliorama and the trains (even with the incredibly strong franc, a year's abonnement for unlimited ...
by Padfield
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 130
Views: 3927

Re: Tony Moore

I just love it! Your diary is filled with wonderful species, Tony!

Have you heard back on the Mauritian Charaxid? On the whole, I'd have gone for tiridates rather than cithaeron, but who knows, given that it's the first recorded Charaxid on Mauritius? What an amazing sighting.

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Swiss Skippers
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: Swiss Skippers

Kip wrote:out of interest, why not serratulae for the first?


I think that's a good suggestion. It doesn't ring warrenensis bells for me.

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Swiss Skippers
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: Swiss Skippers

Warren's skipper is a tricky one. It typically occurs at high altitudes on exposed and barren slopes where many other Pyrgus species are dimunitive and weakly marked (small alveus are a particular distraction!). Arolla is not far from it's strongholds near Zermatt but these would nevertheless be new...
by Padfield
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Thank you for your comments, Andrew and Goldie. The weather has been pretty grim recently, alternating between snow, rain and wind - or various combinations of the three. On Friday I took my first 2018 visit to the Papiliorama to make up for the dearth of butterflies in the wild. As always, there wa...
by Padfield
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3129
Views: 98827

Re: Padfield

Hi Buzzard. Further east from me there have been huge snow falls, with tourists getting snowed in and tragically one Brit still missing (I believe). In my own region it has been much drier recently, with a little rain even, but the pre-CHristmas snowfalls were so good the skiing is still guaranteed....

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