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by Padfield
Tue May 23, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
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I have high hopes of you findings some wild pupae this year, Pete! :D And when you do, it will be very interesting to know where they were in relation to where they grew up. I found my first and so far this year only final instar white admiral cat today: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/camilla...
by Padfield
Mon May 22, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2908
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You're right, David, she does look in good condition. She didn't seem to be ovipositing, though she was checking out all the flower buds, and doesn't really look fat enough anyway. I didn't find any eggs on the accessible plants I examined. Last year there were many more flying on 15th May. So basic...
by Padfield
Mon May 22, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 85
Views: 1602

Re: Tony Moore

Hi Tony. I'd suggest Udara albocaerulea for your first blue, both because of the submarginal markings (only spots, no crescents) and your description of it as 'very pale'.

Guy
by Padfield
Mon May 22, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
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Stan was missing from his leaf when I checked on him this morning. This was no great surprise - I expected him to move off at some stage during his fifth instar. What was surprising was that by some miracle I spotted him elsewhere in the tree. He had moved approximately 4m, as the caterpillar crawls...
by Padfield
Sun May 21, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2908
Views: 79786

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I agree with you, David. As flowers go, you can't beat a ladies' slipper. Today was mountain dappled white day. As it turned out, I think I was too late. The foodplant was abundant and the weather was perfect but I saw just a single female of the butterfly. She was up and down a difficult slope but ...
by Padfield
Sat May 20, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 85
Views: 1602

Re: Tony Moore

Yes, I think androcles is the one. D'Abrera says of saphir (or rather, of moorei , of which saphir is often said to be a subspecies) that it is essentially a Chinese species, sometimes taken in the north-west of India and often found in Sikkim, Assam and northern Burma. He illustrates it with saphir...
by Padfield
Sat May 20, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2908
Views: 79786

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I went to get some new slippers for Minnie this evening. These four looked good: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/slippers20may2017a.jpg Minne wasn't interested. She said those were for little girls and princesses. Fair enough. So I just took a few photos and took her home again. http://www.guy...
by Padfield
Sat May 20, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 85
Views: 1602

Re: Tony Moore

Brilliant butterflies! Heliophorus androcles has more extensive and brighter blue in the male than tamu and flies in the region. I suspect your second Heliophorus is that. There is another species, saphir , that is even more brilliant on the upperside but I don't know if it flies there. Its type loc...
by Padfield
Fri May 19, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 85
Views: 1602

Re: Tony Moore

Keep them coming, Tony! As always, it is a great pleasure to follow your butterfly travels.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri May 19, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
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Back to winter this morning, with heavy snow falling as I left school at lunchtime. At my home altitude, 250m lower than my school, it was pouring with cold rain. When it weakened, Minnie and I set off for some caterpillar-hunting. First of all, I was pleased that all four purple emperors were still...
by Padfield
Thu May 18, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
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Purple emperors never lay on bushes in full sun, Buzzard, and though the caterpillars become increasingly thermophile as they grow up they do need some protection in the heat of the day. I'm only speculating about the present behaviour, but it makes sense. As a rule, I don't disturb my iris protégés...
by Padfield
Tue May 16, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
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Iris cat thermoregulation I pass Wendy twice on my lunchtime dog-walk. On the way out today she was right at the edge of her leaf, taking advantage of the very little shadow available: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/iriscatwendy16may2017a.jpg By the time I came back the sun was higher - almo...
by Padfield
Tue May 16, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID for a Pyrgus please
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: ID for a Pyrgus please

I'd go for onopordi - and I don't think malvoides is a possibility, given the upperside.

Guy
by Padfield
Mon May 15, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
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Thank you for your comments, B Rex, Wurzel, David and Goldie. They are always appreciated. It was properly sunny today. At lunchtime, the first meadow fritillaries of the year were flitting and gliding over the meadows where I live: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/parthenoides15may2017a.jpg Th...
by Padfield
Sun May 14, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2908
Views: 79786

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HI Paul. She couldn't have emerged just there because it was some distance from any bladder senna - too far for a caterpillar to crawl. But she was very fresh, as you say, and I suspect this was her first day on the wing. Thanks Buggy. Yes - you should definitely pay the Alps a visit! Let me know wh...
by Padfield
Sat May 13, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2908
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This morning, with a very mixed forecast, I set off again for cardinals and Iolas blues, two of Switzeland's rarest butterflies. I know two sites where cardinals nectar in spring, and with cloud building up by the minute it was not obvious I would be able to reach and explore both under clear skies....
by Padfield
Sat May 13, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 2854
Views: 128536

Re: Wurzel

My deepest sympathies, Wurzel. I'm glad you were able to find some solace in nature.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri May 12, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2908
Views: 79786

Re: Padfield

I hope so too, David, but I don't begrudge the tits their share. Storms and heavy rain today. I had to take Minnie for her three-yearly rabies injection in the afternoon and teach in the evening, but in between I managed to pass by the woods to see if Stan had progressed to 5th instar. I didn't have...
by Padfield
Thu May 11, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1606
Views: 30561

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. Get well soon - what a shame you had to call your trip off.

You are not old-fashioned, unless simple respect for a landowner's/manager's wishes is now out of date. Good on you for staying on the right side of the barrier.

Guy
by Padfield
Thu May 11, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2543
Views: 54859

Re: Pauline

Hi Pauline. Your predatory creature is a snakefly - very weird-looking insects! .............. but then a strange thing happened. :shock: A whole load of wet stuff was poured out of the sky, soaking my camera and myself :? I took a quick record shot and left them to it as I scurried back to the car....

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