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by Padfield
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

I agree CC - it is amazing that any larvae survive to adulthood. But just enough always do to keep the species alive! Your mega-female being a case in point, escaping the treecreeper (but having a little help from you at the very beginning of her life) ... Do I understand correctly that she fed on y...
by Padfield
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Albanian Butterflies
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Albanian Butterflies

Hi Stuart. Your first butterfly is a meadow brown - from your list I think you might have thought it was a gatekeeper. Your 'grizzled skipper' is Oberthür's grizzly and your last skipper, I think, is pygmy skipper.

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Blue-spotted Charaxes
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Blue-spotted Charaxes

It would have been a coup to get your name in the history books, but it's a great butterfly to have seen anyway. Let's hope it doesn't prove as destructive as certain other introduced and invasive species in Mauritius ...

Guy
by Padfield
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Identification

Dusky meadow brown it is (male). The neat dark line inside the forewing margin is the giveaway.

Guy
by Padfield
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Brimstone
Topic: Brimstone - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: Brimstone - Favourite Photo of 2017

Amazing shots by Dave and Vince. I'll keep the variety going with a pair of friendly cats, photographed on 6th June in my local woods:

Image

Guy
by Padfield
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Black Hairstreak
Topic: Black Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Black Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

I too had little luck photographing this species in 2017. This is my best shot:

Image

It was taken on 28th May near Geneva.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

I found a few more white-letter hairstreak eggs yesterday. Here are two views of the same pair: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/walbumeggs6oct2017a.jpg http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/walbumeggs6oct2017b.jpg And a single, less accessible one: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/walbume...
by Padfield
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

Good luck with your continued observation of these early stages, Guy. Your Emperor 'cats' help me get through the winter, only this year it will be in the singular rather than plural. :( It's not even guaranteed to be that, David. If I can follow Giles into hibernation it will be a success. If he m...
by Padfield
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

Thanks Buzzard, Buggy and David. I'm delighted to say Giles is still around. He's changed leaves again - and actually moved some distance - but seems quite happy where he is. I took this photo from a distance, without touching a thing!! http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/iriscatgiles4oct2017a.jpg...
by Padfield
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Vercors butterfly identification
Replies: 7
Views: 195

Re: Vercors butterfly identification

I agree with David's IDs. Definitely mazarine blue, not Osiris (the disposition of the spots on the underside hindwing is decisive).

The last has the look of a really worn chalkhill blue. Since this is improbable at the end of June, perhaps Provence chalkhill blue is more likely.

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

I trust Neil and am happy to tick the boxes he suggests. Whatever I tick, though, it will represent a compromise. Every generation strikes some kind of balance between the alleged needs of the growing human population and the right to existence of non-human populations. The result is that every gene...
by Padfield
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

Thanks again for all your thoughts, suggestions and reminiscences. I haven't got time to respond critically to them all right now, sadly, but all taken note of! Nor have I had time for more than local walks - but that has allowed me to keep a check on Giles, my only remaining purple emperor caterpil...
by Padfield
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain part 5b
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Holiday to Spain part 5b

Hi Philzoid. I haven't been able to keep up with all your Spanish posts, as I've been busy with less interesting stuff. But it's interesting to see what you found and many of your observations match what I found on my own Spanish trip this summer. I was surprised to see rosy grizzled skipper laying ...
by Padfield
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

Thank you for the comments, Buzzard and Buggy. Yes, it was cardinals we marked, at the end of May 2015. Unfortunately, we mistimed it - they emerged early that year, on 4th May, and had disappeared by the beginning of June. That meant we actually marked very few - and we never saw any of them again....
by Padfield
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Egg ID
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Egg ID

They look like vapourer moths. The female is flightless so lays all her eggs in one place - the same place she chose, as a caterpillar, to pupate.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

That's the big question, Buzzard! The species is said to be strictly single-brooded but it has a strange phenology, appearing in May, disappearing some time in June (when it seems to fly up into the mountains) and reappearing in July/August. The May insects nectar happily together, showing no aggres...
by Padfield
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89395

Re: Padfield

The large skipper was a surprise to me, too, David, though high browns regularly fly this late. As for cardinals, they are just magnificent creatures. Still today, 22nd September, they were putting on a performance, though I visited the site only in the afternoon (about 15h00), when only females fly...
by Padfield
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Ghanaian Skippers
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Ghanaian Skippers

I'm now pretty confident the third one is Sarangesa, quite probably S. laelius. The pictures in Larsen are a little misleading but there are some good pictures of live butterflies online.

Guy
by Padfield
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Ghanaian Skippers
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Ghanaian Skippers

Hello. What wonderful wildlife. I think your first skipper is Platylesches moritili . The second is probably Borbo fanta and the last Caprona adelica . If someone who knows the butterflies of the region personally contradicts me, take their word for it, not mine! The third one is evading me. The onl...
by Padfield
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Ghanaian nymphalidae IDs
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Ghanaian nymphalidae IDs

As an administrator I can see the source text of the post and the images are correctly linked to Flickr - they just don't show in this page. The direct links (with my suggested, non-authoritative IDs below) are: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133632577@N08/35906497684/in/album-72157687951243235 (not ...

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