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by David M
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
Replies: 293
Views: 13771

Re: Butterflies of Var, Southern France

Absolutely intoxicating, Roger. Thanks for sharing.

When I close my eyes and listen to the spring birdsong in the background, I yearn to be in the midst of this terrain myself. Who needs Prozac? :D
by David M
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2212

Re: Red Admiral overwintering 2017-2018

Fantastic observations once again, Vince. I need to find my own sheltered nettle patch to see if I can find RA larvae like you and others.

It's incredible how the early stages can suspend time and develop at a pace one would think would be impossible for this ostensibly mediterranean species.
by David M
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: February 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 435

Re: February 2018

Well done, Gareth. I tried to see a butterfly or two myself in Swansea last Saturday, but the clouds refused to disperse completely and although the bursts of sunshine felt quite warm, it clearly wasn't enough to tempt any hibernators out. :(
by David M
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1745
Views: 40571

Re: Trevor

What a wonderful start to the year for you, Trevor, and yes, the anticipated cold weather means it may be a while before the rest of us enjoy a similar uplifting experience! To be honest, I don't mind cold weather in late winter, because in previous years this has often led to a good general butterf...
by David M
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 636
Views: 24379

Re: jackz432r

What a joy to see a February Brimstone, Paul! Well done and let’s hope there’ll be many left for the rest of us over the next few weeks (although I suspect that the forecast cold snap may delay this for most).
by David M
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Butterflies of Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Butterflies of Europe

Morten wrote:Under the picture of the cover there is a button saying 'Preview' which will allow you to have a flick though some of the book's first pages.


Thanks, Morten. I hadn't spotted that the first time round.
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Vagrant – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Vagrant – Favourite Photo of 2017

Love that first shot, Dave. There can't be many (if any) who can trump that in the UK?
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1308
Views: 29406

Re: essex buzzard

Lovely image of the avocet, Mark. We get hundreds of oystercatchers in Swansea, but I’ve yet to see an avocet, even though I keep looking out for them! I expect before much longer your lens will naturally turn towards butterflies.
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 101
Views: 2137

Re: Andrew555

Great sequence of mainly moth images, Andrew, especially that second one of the Mother Shipton, which shows very clearly the rationale behind its name!
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1575
Views: 38607

Re: Bugboys mission

Don’t worry about the weather forecast, Bugboy, you’ve put sufficient effort in on the bird front to merit your butterfly reward further down the line; and I’m sure you will do just that in due course!
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Butterflies of Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Butterflies of Europe

Thank you so much for this information, Morten.

Can you point us towards a page view so we can get a sample of what the book contains?
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Scottish White-letters latest.
Replies: 8
Views: 126

Re: Scottish White-letters latest.

Yes David, its hectic and mind boggling but ultimately fun to have absolutely no idea what's going on despite hours and hours of field work. The latest mystery is Brimstone which have suddenly appeared not once but thrice at great distance from each sighting and all reported by dedicated naturalist...
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Overall Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Overall Favourite Photo of 2017

Not being a serious photographer, my images are evocative for personal reasons, rather for any artistic value. I suppose I was guilty of just being in the right place at the right time on occasions in 2017. For instance, parking my car in the French Pyrenees in May at an off-road site and suddenly s...
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Scottish White-letters latest.
Replies: 8
Views: 126

Re: Scottish White-letters latest.

Thanks for this, Iain. It is undoubtedly a major story for UK butterfly-aficionados.

You are in absolutely the right zone at the moment. Most countries are losing species but Scotland seems to be adding one or two almost every year!
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: February 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 435

Re: February 2018

I had a feeling a few might see butterflies on Saturday. I ventured out myself, but in spite of seeing flies AND a bumble-bee, I came home empty handed. The weather was not conducive in Swansea; yes, temperatures were around 10c, but the clouds wouldn't shift and there was even a bit of rain. At thi...
by David M
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: ELM TREK - a five year mission.
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: ELM TREK - a five year mission.

Sorry guys, I have been trying to get some news on here re White-letter Hairstreak eggs in Scotland this past few days. It is incoming as there will be more news to come I reckon as the days progress. Meanwhile. I have several links https://butterfly-conservation.org/3114-18565/success-scottish-gem...
by David M
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1977
Views: 41996

Re: Goldie M

You're right, Goldie, spring is in the air and the birds know it! This last week I have heard the beautiful calls of Chaffinches which always signal the end of winter for me.

Give it two or three weeks and we'll be in a different world entirely! :)
by David M
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Vagrant – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 95

Re: Vagrant – Favourite Photo of 2017

Memorable indeed, Bugboy! If I remember rightly, quite a few folks on here got a serving of this delightful migrant. Certainly made up for the comparative lack of other vagrants in 2017.
by David M
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Wood White
Topic: Wood White – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: Wood White – Favourite Photo of 2017

None seen in the UK in 2017, but this species crops up in decent numbers both in the Pyrenees in late May and the French Alps in July. Here's an image of a courting couple:

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by David M
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Marseilles and South of France 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 615

Re: Marseilles and South of France 2018

You've done well with your latest images of crameri, Chris. I know from experience what a tricky little blighter this can be, so to get good, detailed shots of both uppersides and undersides is an achievement!

Maybe they are a bit slower in February than they are in April? :)

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