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by Padfield
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

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Hi Paul. Sage skipper is one of those butterflies I took for granted when I lived on the Rock but haven't seen since - and until now only had one, ancient picture, taken with my old SLR. This holiday I found it commonly around Córdoba and have seen a few further south today, near Málaga, so when I g...
by Padfield
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

Hi Paul. The disco-cellular vein closes the cell. In most of my pictures it only seems to half close the cell - it is conspicuous for the first half but only visible in the right light angle in the second half. It is a much less prominent vein than others. And trivia really wasn't posing! But if you...
by Padfield
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

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Bewildering and beautiful butterflies - it sounds like the title of a book, Wurzel! Yes, David, trivia does seem to be quite distinctive, but it is still in principle very similar to didyma - especially the meridionalis form I'm used to in Switzerland - and I wouldn't have called it without seeing t...
by Padfield
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: French Pyrgus ID Help Needed
Replies: 8
Views: 147

Re: French Pyrgus ID Help Needed

Agreed for all the Pyrgus/Spialia. As David says, the Erebia looks like euryale (male). The hint of a white tooth is the give-away.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

First lifer of the trip today - and it wasn't one I had consciously expected. I haven't been able to string any baeticus - and I have now photographed a lot of Carcharodus !! No glimpses of Spanish purple hairstreak or southern hermit. But this morning, just after the sun broke through the clouds, I...
by Padfield
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

I've been taking far too many photos over the last couple of days to process them all on the iPad. I'm trying to keep my diary on my web page up to date (without pictures), though the programme I'm using seems to have corrupted all the diacriticals ... Something to sort out when I get home. ANYWAY, ...
by Padfield
Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Erebia ID from France
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Erebia ID from France

Glad you've got an answer! I did consider pluto, but the upperside was not at all like the oreas I see in Switzerland and the underside matched gorge very well. I did not know the form anteborus ...

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Erebia ID from France
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Erebia ID from France

Hi John. I'd suggest this is the blind form of gorge - form erynis.

Guy
by Padfield
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

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I flew to Barcelona yesterday evening, spending the night in a cheap hostal before moving on to Aragón by bus this evening. That left me this morning to walk across Barcelona. As always, I tried to dig out some geranium bronzes - and managed to find Lang's short-tailed blue and long-tailed blues int...
by Padfield
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1068
Views: 23419

Re: essex buzzard

Wow - I expect you saw quite a lot of things you've never seen before, Buzzard! I'm glad you enjoyed the sight of cardinals on thistles - thanks for thinking of me! Hermits and rockbrowns too - lovely (I think you have the IDs correct).

Looking forward to your further postings.

Guy
by Padfield
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

Forgot to mention: yesterday, no christi ! By coincidence, a friend had visited exactly the same site earlier in the day (I arrived at about midday, he was there from 07h15, having camped out on site!) and also failed to see a single individual. Too bad! I am privileged to have seen this species, on...
by Padfield
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

Thanks Goldie, Buzzard, David and Kip. One of the nice things about my thore site is that it's just such a pleasant place to be. There's a bit of an uphill cycle ride first - nothing like the ride to some of the species I go to see - but then it's gentle, shaded and generally enjoyable. A few piccie...
by Padfield
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Silver-washed or High Brown?
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Silver-washed or High Brown?

HI Chriffer. That's a female silver-washed fritillary.

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Boloria graeca ?
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Boloria graeca ?

As Roger says - Brenthis ino . This species is invariably seen in the vicinity of dense stands of meadowsweet and flies during the flowering period. I can't be certain, but your first, habitat photo seems to show exactly that - a dense stand of meadowsweet. All old-style Boloria species (the group i...
by Padfield
Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID for a Pyrgus please
Replies: 11
Views: 186

Re: ID for a Pyrgus please

I'm working on the assumption it's a female - which it appears to be. If it's a male, it's a new species! :D

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID for a Pyrgus please
Replies: 11
Views: 186

Re: ID for a Pyrgus please

The underside excludes serratulae definitively. I'm in a crammed bus on the way to christi country right now, so more details later! It's an odd-numbered year, something that only comes round every two years :)

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID for a Pyrgus please
Replies: 11
Views: 186

Re: ID for a Pyrgus please

Sorry - I thought I'd replied to this. I must have forgotten to click 'submit'. In brief, I agree with bellieri as a strong candidate. This is a species I have very little experience of, as it doesn't fly in Switzerland, and in addition the books tend to offer less help for identifying females. But ...
by Padfield
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

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Today was upland but with a difference: the kind of gentle, wooded upland that Thor's fritillary favours: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/6jul2017a.jpg My mission for the day was to get a decent underside of the species. Because it haunts the shade and moves constantly these are not easy but I...
by Padfield
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

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I don't think I would have caught my train - I'd be overdosing too! And all those Blues..! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: The Alps in July ... :D For the record, I've decided that aberrant blue must be liitle, as I'm pretty sure it's a male and its upperside is brown. Here it is again, showing both ...
by Padfield
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

I think I would've overdosed on butterflies had I been there today, and I'd probably still be there now! You need a good sleeping bag and a Jack Russell to share it with if you spend the night on these mountains, Buggy! I've done it many times - it gets very cold!! To bring you back down to earth, ...

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