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by Padfield
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Mountain Argus ID
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Mountain Argus ID

Yes - I'd definitely go for montensis . The wing shape looks too pointed for cramera , though that could be an illusion caused by its being angled slightly away from the camera, and the forewing orange spots are discrete, not confluent, which they usually are in cramera . 2500m is limit for cramera ...
by Padfield
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ANOTHER MENORCAN QUERY
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: ANOTHER MENORCAN QUERY

Hi Jim. That's a wall, Lasiommata megera. There are a few other species of Lasiommata in Europe but only megera flies in the Balearics (to my knowledge).

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Large Copper Kent
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Large Copper Kent

bugboy wrote:Reading in the comments the guy seems very casual about them breeding in his garden!


Indeed - "They've been around ever since we've lived here, about 8 years.."

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Large Copper Kent
Replies: 8
Views: 213

Re: Large Copper Kent

Without giving any confidential information away, is this an official introduction? Is it self-sustaining or topped-up yearly? Do you know which subspecies it is?

Very interesting!

Guy
by Padfield
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies in the Aude, South France
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Butterflies in the Aude, South France

Hi Mark. You did well to get that amazing pearly heath picture. They are very flighty butterflies. You may or may not be happy (depending on how much you want to see Glanville fritillary) to know your fritillary is a female spotted fritillary, Melitaea didyma occidentalis . It's in the same half of ...
by Padfield
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 120
Views: 1346

Re: Janet Turnbull

Sorry - taxonomy jargon! What I meant was, a species in its own right, as opposed to a subspecies. Older books (Tolman, for example) count it as a subspecies.

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 120
Views: 1346

Re: Janet Turnbull

Hi Janet. Sorry to join the party so late! :D It looks as if you had a wonderful holiday in Andalucía. Your marbled white is a Spanish marbled white, Melanargia ines . Your small white, however, is just that - a small white. I can see why Bugboy suggested southern, and the fault is clearly partly mi...
by Padfield
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Kip on the move
Replies: 24
Views: 464

Re: Kip on the move

Morning Paul! That's a great shot of the darwiniana - they don't often allow that! Someone's going to say it, so I might as well: I think your mannii is napi . At least, it looks perfect for napi and I've never seen mannii looking like that (I'm thinking of the shape of the apical spot and the dark ...
by Padfield
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2943
Views: 83595

Re: Padfield

I've kept local for the last few days, partly because it's end-of-term celebrations at school so I haven't had time to go far, and partly because a couple of days ago I spotted two cardinals on my local patch in Huémoz. I've spent a lot of time waiting at the same spot trying (in vain) to see one ag...
by Padfield
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Kip on the move
Replies: 24
Views: 464

Re: Kip on the move

Those are much better pictures than I got, Paul (though I'm pretty sure three of them are in the wrong orientation ... :D ). To use my super-zoom effectively I need to hold the camera very steady, and this was not possible when I was snatching shots in a moment before the butterflies flew. You were ...
by Padfield
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 703
Views: 41357

Re: Jack Harrison

That's what I thought, but what about the melodic, three-note song? Whitethroats can hardly be described as melodious. Is this a young bird?
by Padfield
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Alpine butterflies
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Re: Alpine butterflies

Hi John. Your first butterfly is a marsh fritillary of the high-altitude form/subspecies/species depending on which author you follow. The taxonomy is highly controversial. Tolman calls it Euphydryas aurinia debilis . Recent authors question both the validity of the name and the status of the taxon....
by Padfield
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2943
Views: 83595

Re: Padfield

At the moment, David, assuming my four longest survivors are all still alive, only Wendy is likely still to be a pupa. And no, I haven't been able to locate her. This is surprising, as she's in a rather small tree, but the possibility exists she snuck into the neighbouring tree, whose branches touch...
by Padfield
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: BROWN ARGUS?
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: BROWN ARGUS?

Aricia cramera in the Balearics - like brown argus but much brighter. This is a beautiful individual.

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Colias... very worn
Replies: 6
Views: 118

Re: Colias... very worn

I somehow missed this. I agree with Paul W that phicomone is the closest, based on appearance alone. Because of the condition, it's difficult to say with 100% certainty, but everything looks good, including the wing shape - I've often seen that very rounded look in phicomone . The only question is, ...
by Padfield
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ilicis/ esculi again!!
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: ilicis/ esculi again!!

I my opinion these are all esculi . The reddish spots are distinctly reddish and do not diminish in size going north , the marginal white line is short and the dash in s2 is straight rather than sharply angled (this last is variable, but a good guide). Here's a Swiss ilicis for comparison: http://ww...
by Padfield
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pyrgus issue again!
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Pyrgus issue again!

Hi Paul. Given that this is a male, I would rule out armoricanus . The upperside hindwing pattern is just not bright enough. It's a bit low for carlinae , a variable species that can cause confusion. I have to say, the underside is unusually orange for typical alveus , in CH at least, but overall, a...
by Padfield
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: French Fritillary
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: French Fritillary

Charles Nicol wrote: ... any Swiss correspondents who have tried these ? :D


:D I'm afraid I only drink beer ... I can't remember the last time I had a glass of wine.

Guy
by Padfield
Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2943
Views: 83595

Re: Padfield

They'll wait, David! At the top of my local mountain it felt almost springlike today: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/18jun2017a.jpg The high mountain butterflies are not really up and going yet, though locally clouded Apollos were numerous. Unfortunately, I was there in the afternoon and they...
by Padfield
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2943
Views: 83595

Re: Padfield

I met up with Paul K again today, at the end of his French holiday, to look for Hungarian gliders in Italy. We stopped on the way to take in Swiss Zephyr blues, which were flying with Escher's blues and freshly emerged rock graylings: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/trappi17jun2017c.jpg (Swiss...

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