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by Padfield
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Egg ID
Replies: 2
Views: 34

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: 3024
Views: 88622

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: 3024
Views: 88622

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: 90

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: 90

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: 120

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 ...
by Padfield
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Ghanaian nymphalidae IDs
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: Ghanaian nymphalidae IDs

Hi Sifenn. I'm not seeing any pictures, however many times I refresh the page. I don't know if it's just me or if you haven't uploaded them properly.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3024
Views: 88622

Re: Padfield

Thank you for your comments. Judging by my previous experience, Buzzard, Angel and Giles are likely to remain on those leaves, largely without eating (in Angel's case at least, as he is 3rd instar), for another month, gently changing colour themselves as the autumn progresses. They're still small an...
by Padfield
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID - 3 Fritillaries, Dordogne Jul/Aug 17
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: ID - 3 Fritillaries, Dordogne Jul/Aug 17

Exactly. White or whitish - approximately the same shade as the white (or whitish) band inside it.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 3b
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 3b

I agree with Wurzel that the submarginal black spots recall thersites , but the upperside of the male really doesn't. The lack of any obvious androconia (admittedly, these can be difficult to see from the wrong angle), the broad marginal line, especially on the forewing, and the spots on the hindwin...
by Padfield
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3024
Views: 88622

Re: Padfield

Sadly, Wurzel, I fear Spike is no more. There has been a very high mortality this summer. No shortage of southern small whites in the Rhône Valley, David! And with the extension in their range in recent years, almost up to the Channel, there's a rumour they might be hopping over to Blighty before to...
by Padfield
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID - 3 Fritillaries, Dordogne Jul/Aug 17
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: ID - 3 Fritillaries, Dordogne Jul/Aug 17

I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest all the ones labelled 'Provençal' are actually meadow. The underside picture shows a clear distinction between the white band (on the hindwing) and a yellower colour separating it from the yellow and orange lunules. In Provençal this separating band is supp...
by Padfield
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID 1 - Dordogne Blues - Jul/Aug 17, about 300m alt.
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: ID 1 - Dordogne Blues - Jul/Aug 17, about 300m alt.

Sorry Mick! I didn't mean to take so long - the problem is, when I don't reply immediately to an e-mail it gets swamped by others and I usually completely forget (I did also say, don't hesitate to prompt me if I forget ...!).

I agree with all these IDs from Chris.

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 3b
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 3b

... but the snake had moved between the first and second shots ...

Image

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Portugese Blue?
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Portugese Blue?

Yes - this is icarus, subject to the qualification that the distribution of Polyommatus celina is poorly known and might, conceivably, extend to Portugal. Current maps don't have it there, though.

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 1
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 1

A useful ID point to know for sage skippers, if you have undersides to confirm, is that they lack a pale spot at the base of s.1 on the underside of the hindwing. You can see this in both the underside shots above.

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ectoparasite or foreign object
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Ectoparasite or foreign object

I would never have thought of that!! The only meconium I have seen has been entirely fluid. If you're right, Neil, this globule tells a story worthy of Greek myth. The male attended the emerging female and seduced her before she had even taken her first flight. In divine retribution for his precipit...
by Padfield
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ectoparasite or foreign object
Replies: 7
Views: 131

Re: Ectoparasite or foreign object

Could this be a marbled white egg? Apparently, these are thrown about with gay abandon by the female, rather than being attached to anything. Might this chalkhill blue have caught one? The colour is not perfect (not white enough), unless the egg has been there for some time or been picked up by the ...
by Padfield
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3024
Views: 88622

Re: Padfield

Thanks Buggy and David. Apologies for the long delay in replying - too much to do at the start of a new term ... Since returning to Switzerland I have been able to relocate just two of my purple emperor caterpillars. There is a presumption the others are dead but it is not necessarily so. Both of th...
by Padfield
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Fritillary ID Picos de Europa
Replies: 15
Views: 348

Re: Fritillary ID Picos de Europa

Hi Paul. For the two video butterflies, my vote comes down on diamina . Forms with more orange on the upperside hindwing occur not only in the high Pyrenees but in much of Cataluña at lower altitudes (examples in Oorschot & Coutsis include Huesca, 1200 and Girona 1000m. Unfortunately, neither sh...

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