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by Padfield
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3072
Views: 91226

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: 3072
Views: 91226

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: 3072
Views: 91226

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: 188

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: 110

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: 91

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: 168

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: 3072
Views: 91226

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: 3072
Views: 91226

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: 113

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: 126

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: 208

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: 75

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: 75

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...
by Padfield
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: In partnership with ...
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: In partnership with ...

That seems very sensible, Pete. We have a common interest, common purpose and presumably a largely overlapping membership. So a big welcome from me to BC. May the partnership prosper!

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3072
Views: 91226

Re: Padfield

Buzzard - sorry! I forgot to acknowledge your comment in my last post. I hope I?ll be able to provide something for you in November ... David - yes, things are still flying here. But you can't grudge a man a trip to the tropics on a rainy day ... :D CC - good to see you are recycling! Red admirals w...
by Padfield
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID Corsican butterflies
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: ID Corsican butterflies

Hi TJ. All these are Lang’s short-tailed blue ( Leptotes pirithous ). The individual showing its upperside is a female. Leptotes is essentially a genus of tropical and sub-tropical blues. In Europe we have just this one species, found all over the Mediterranean region and occasionally penetrating a ...
by Padfield
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 209
Views: 3760

Re: Janet Turnbull

The photo of the Woodland Grayling (from Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:39 pm) looks a little like H. semele , but I'm not sure - worth a second glance - I stand to be corrected. It is indeed semele (grayling). On the other hand, the rock grayling looks distinctly like woodland grayling. These two are difficu...
by Padfield
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3072
Views: 91226

Re: Padfield

It snowed a couple of hundred metres above me last night and today, David. Unfortunately, just rain at my altitude - but things have taken a distinct turn for the colder. Strawberry tree is a great and undervalued late autumn nectar plant, CC. It doesn't surprise me at all that yours are attracting ...
by Padfield
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 209
Views: 3760

Re: Janet Turnbull

Hi Janet. Buggy is absolutely right - that is a Lang’s short-tailed blue. I have made a page here: http://www.guypadfield.com/butterflyhouse.html where you will find all the butterfy-house butterflies you posted, and probably most or all of any you didn’t post. I leave you the challenge of seeing if...

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