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by Padfield
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pieris rapae
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Pieris rapae

I agree there is usually at least a clouding of dark scales around the tips but this can be very faint in a spring male and they frequently look white until you get very close up. This is a spring male - and quite typical, out here (Switzerland) at least: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2012/rapae1...
by Padfield
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

When we visited Digne a few years ago we were very surprised to find camels grazing beside the road - it turned out that there was a circus in town. We made sure we conducted our butterfly-watching some miles away, in case they let their lions roam around in the same way. I guess that's a possibili...
by Padfield
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Thanks, Paul. You'd have loved it today! :D Haute Savoie in June will be good, I'm sure, even if you are too early for the real altitude stuff. I don't think there's such a thing as a bad time to be in the Alps. Maybe Minnie and I will take a trip round the lake to see you ... That's good to know, B...
by Padfield
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Continuing this occasional series of Swiss bovids (or near bovids): No. 3 - the camel (Bactrian). http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/bactrian22apr2017a.jpg OK, I admit that was quite a surprise to Minnie and me alike. In fact, I first saw only the tops of the humps over some bushes and thought a ...
by Padfield
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Hi Wurzel. Chamois are closer to goats than deer, though I agree, they do have a deer-like quality about them. As David says, they are generally wary of humans - with good reason, as they are regarded as game - but I often get close enough to photograph them. They are typically mountain animals, tho...
by Padfield
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Thanks David! There is beauty everywhere, for those who have eyes to see, but it is true that in Switzerland you don't have to look very hard to find it! It was wall-to-wall sunshine today but with temperatures below freezing at dawn and a chill breeze all day nothing flew. Up here in the mountains ...
by Padfield
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1565
Views: 29518

Re: Goldie M

Was this example entering your kitchen because it was emulating the dish in "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe"? [Douglas Adams] :lol: It's more likely it came for a tea party [Lewis Carroll]! :D I closed the door, turned the light out and opened the window, David (not in that ord...
by Padfield
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1565
Views: 29518

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. Just to confirm the IDs of those Hong Kong butterflies, as I said I would. The only thing to add is that if you look Athyma nefte up on the web you will see quite a variety of forms, especially in the female. Your friend's is a male of the subspecies seitzi . And I can't resist the tempta...
by Padfield
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Marseilles South of France 2017
Replies: 61
Views: 1599

Re: Marseilles South of France 2017

I'm with the green-underside brigade. For myself, I have absolutely no doubt - as close to 100% as a wise man should ever be. :D

Guy
by Padfield
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Thanks Trevor and Wurzel. I did indeed enjoy the butterflies in my garden, though I had little opportunity to go further afield. The Suffolk green hairstreaks did not put in an appearance before it was time to go. Back in CH it is cold - much colder than Suffolk. I took an early evening walk today w...
by Padfield
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: PhilBWright
Replies: 204
Views: 4995

Re: PhilBWright

In my opinion (and I don't claim to be an expert), all the sexable butterflies shown here are male - but I can't confirm both butterflies in any single picture. I'm very interested in the fact these were taken with an iPhone 6 plus. That is what I have (a gift from a grateful student) and though I u...
by Padfield
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Spanish Blue ID please.
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Spanish Blue ID please.

Yes, that's Adonis blue. The spotting is anomalous and quite interesting but extra and missing spots are standard variation in Polyommatine blues. It doesn't have any bearing on the identity in this case.

Guy
by Padfield
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1565
Views: 29518

Re: Goldie M

Hi Goldie. I'm separated from my books at the moment (until Tuesday) but from a quick internet check would suggest Athyma nefte (the colour sergeant) for the first one ( Athyma , certainly) and Faunis eumeus (the large faun) for the second. If no one else confirms or corrects I can do so myself when...
by Padfield
Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 998
Views: 21442

Re: essex buzzard

Really excellent pictures, Buzzard! I love the shots with male and female Provence orange tip together. You haven't mentioned lesser kestrel. Now when I lived on the Rock, back in the 80s, lesser kestrel bred on the North Face and was far commoner than kestrel. If you have any kestrel pictures it wo...
by Padfield
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pete Eeles
Replies: 967
Views: 45098

Re: Pete Eeles

Quite staggering sequences. You're in a class of your own, Pete!

How about Cotesia eelesii? Pete won't be able to name it himself, but if the authors did choose to recognise him in perpetuity I think it would be a very well deserved honour.

Guy
by Padfield
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

It's a strange one, David. I have records from my childhood of sitting in my plum tree and watching small, large and green-veined whites in the garden on 5th April. There were no orange tips that day. Today, 7th April, it's all orange tips and just one probable small white seen in flight. At least o...
by Padfield
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

I arrived in Suffolk yesterday afternoon, to find orange tips drifting up and down the garden, as well as peacocks, commas and a single holly blue. Today I headed for the coast to check likely large tortoiseshell and green hairstreak sites. None of either - but plenty of peacocks, commas, small tort...
by Padfield
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Have we a full complement of named 2017 PE cats, Guy, or are you expecting to find a few more and add them to this year's 'cast'? I hope to find some more, David, as that's only two alive at the moment. There was high mortality this year (i.e., last summer/autumn) among eggs and early instar larvae...
by Padfield
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2864
Views: 78038

Re: Padfield

Good luck with the beauty-hunting, Buggy! Meet Mr Mackey: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/iriscatmackey4apr2017a.jpg He is actually low enough for me to pull down his branch and get a closer look. I didn't do this, however, because I didn't want to disturb him while eating. I think even just m...
by Padfield
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1089
Views: 21949

Re: Bugboys mission

I was surprised you described your large tortoiseshell as 'she', Buggy, as the behaviour was all 'he'. But I was on my evening dog-walk, tapping on an iPhone. If Neil can find a she and you a he, they can definitely find each other. In fact, Neil's she looked as if she might already have found your ...

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