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by Padfield
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Comma
Topic: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 24

Re: Comma - Favourite Photo of 2017

I'll kick off with a picture taken somewhere near Geneva on 3rd June this year.

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Summer always seems like a distant dream when it's over.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3050
Views: 89566

Re: Padfield

Thanks, as always, CC, for these gems of first-hand wisdom. I'm sure you're right about the large female. Abundant, high-quality food and no adverse circumstances to precipitate pupation leads to magnificent insects. No sign of that cold winter yet, David. After a relatively cool September, October ...
by Padfield
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cased Specimens
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Cased Specimens

I reckon one or two of them are from a bit further afield than Egypt! (The couple in the top left in the first picture) Indeed - those two are from South America ( Perisama sp. and one of the many blue Theclinae from that part of the world). I hope all these insects find peace now they are in your ...
by Padfield
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Unusual fungi.
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Unusual fungi.

I think that is Melastiza cornubiensis. It's not one I regularly take home for eating ...

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gruesome ending....
Replies: 6
Views: 138

Re: Gruesome ending....

Hi Sylvie. In 2010 I photographed the same thing:

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I don't know what the parasitic species is.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3050
Views: 89566

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: 125

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: 147

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: 118

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: 12
Views: 262

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:

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Guy
by Padfield
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Black Hairstreak
Topic: Black Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Black Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

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

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It was taken on 28th May near Geneva.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3050
Views: 89566

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: 3050
Views: 89566

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: 3050
Views: 89566

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: 204

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: 319

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: 3050
Views: 89566

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: 148

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: 3050
Views: 89566

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: 67

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

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