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by Trev Sawyer
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The One Show - Green Hairstreak pupa
Replies: 0
Views: 143

The One Show - Green Hairstreak pupa

Some great footage of red ants carrying a Green Hairstreak pupa in response to clicking noises the pupa makes has just been shown on BBC1's The One Show.
by Trev Sawyer
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: The Charlton Brimstone Butterfly
Replies: 1
Views: 185

The Charlton Brimstone Butterfly

I hadn't heard about this before, but here's a link to the story...
https://biologycurator.wordpress.com/20 ... x-or-joke/

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: Neil Hulme

Brilliant news Neil - I'm SO chuffed for you. Your enthusiasm is surpassed only by your modesty and I can't think of two better qualities in a human being (apart from maybe the uncontrollable urge to send money to me). :wink: Top Man.

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sun May 28, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Fluffy cat ID please.
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Fluffy cat ID please.

Yes Martin - definitely a Garden Tiger caterpillar. Unfortunately, "Wooly Bears" are nowhere near as common as they used to be when I was a lad. :cry:
by Trev Sawyer
Thu May 25, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Strumshaw Fen for Swallowtails
Replies: 5
Views: 375

Re: Strumshaw Fen for Swallowtails

I'm sure you will see Swallowtails in the area Rosalyn has detailed tomorrow. Good luck with the photos - they seem to permanently quiver, especially when it is sunny and they rarely sit still. If you walk out into the main Fen, keep your eyes open for flag irises along the rides - the butterflies l...
by Trev Sawyer
Wed May 24, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Alder Sawfly?
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Alder Sawfly?

Spotted this whacking great sawfly galloping up a tree at a local nature reserve today.
IMG_5602.jpg

Hornet sized, I believe it is something from the Cimbex family, but does anyone know if it is likely to be Cimbex connatus or Cimbex luteus? Either way, it was pretty unusual I think.

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bizarre Lepidopteran pairing!
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Bizarre Lepidopteran pairing!

A valiant (if misplaced) attempt at speeding up evolution :wink: but unfortunately, it isn't destined to lead to the flutter of tiny wings :( Just imagine the huge blue buttermoth which might result if it was possible though :shock: Now that really would be something wouldn't it! :lol: 4.jpg Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: A Study of the Life Cycle of the Chequered Skipper Butterfly
Replies: 16
Views: 677

Re: A Study of the Life Cycle of the Chequered Skipper Butte

I don't post much on here nowadays, but that is a truly amazing piece of work Pete - Just superb - Well done!

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sat Oct 15, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Black Butterfly - E Sussex coast
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Black Butterfly - E Sussex coast

... or maybe a Red Underwing moth? They sometimes act like a butterfly by holding their wings up rather than across their bodies. You can't often see the red on their underwings when they are in flight and they just look "dark". They are also the right sort of size (pretty big for a UK mot...
by Trev Sawyer
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Flies Burrowing into Chrysalis??
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Flies Burrowing into Chrysalis??

Hi Ryan, It is actually very likely that the small flies you are seeing are parasitic wasps and they are probably hatching from the butterfly chrysalis rather than trying to get into it... These small parasitic wasps inject their eggs into the body of growing caterpillars and gradually take them ove...
by Trev Sawyer
Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Caterpillar
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Caterpillar

I think you've got it Nigel... many species of caterpillar loose their hairs shortly before pupation and if this one was galloping around on the ground, it was probably on it's way to bed. They often spin the hairs together with silk to form part of a cocoon, but maybe this one was just a bit early ...
by Trev Sawyer
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: What Is This Micro?
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: What Is This Micro?

One of the Grass moths... Possibly the Elbow-Stripe Grass-Veneer (Agriphila geniculea)?
See: http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/agrip ... a/adult-2/

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: History of Vernacular Names created
Replies: 25
Views: 1034

Re: History of Vernacular Names created

I've found it Pete...
It's mentioned on Page 171 in the Newland book.

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: History of Vernacular Names created
Replies: 25
Views: 1034

Re: History of Vernacular Names created

Hi Pete, Another excellent addition to the website - many thanks for your continuing enthusiasm for all things butterfly-related. I was under the impression that as well as the Small Copper being known as the Small Tortioseshell in the early 1700's, the Small Tortoiseshell was called the Small Coppe...
by Trev Sawyer
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:14 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Help with moth ID please
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: Help with moth ID please

Hi Nick,
I reckon that is a Box Tree Moth (Diaphania perspectalis)... a fairly recent arrival to the UK and obviously spreading.
See: http://www.norfolkmoths.co.uk/micros.php?bf=14091

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unknown Spotted Butterfly
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Unknown Spotted Butterfly

Hello Ewe :wink:

That is a Small Magpie Moth. see: http://ukmoths.org.uk/species/anania-hortulata/

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sun May 29, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: dilettante
Replies: 216
Views: 13345

Re: dilettante

Let's hope she lays lots of eggs Paddy...
The site looked good this year after the undergrowth had been cut back - last year it was left and I feared for Little Grizz's future there (again!).

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Sun May 29, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Small bright pink butterfly
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Small bright pink butterfly

Hi Lauren, There are a few day-flying moths on the wing at the moment and they often confuse people. I would imagine your little butterfly could have been a Cinnabar moth (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnabar_moth ). They actually appear much more pink in real life than those photos suggest. ...
by Trev Sawyer
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Caterpillar ID needed, please
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: Caterpillar ID needed, please

Hi Hector,
I think this is the unusual flattened larva of a species of Sawfly with the latin name Platycampus luridiventris.

Trev
by Trev Sawyer
Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: White-letter ab.
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: White-letter ab.

I can't find an ab. pallida in the Cockayne collection, but would have thought that might be a likely candidate? Bedford Purlieus has an excellent population of White-Letter Hairstreaks and there is a good photo of an ab. albovirgata from the same venue 5 years ago on the Cambs and Essex BC webpage:...

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