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by David M
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 100
Views: 2339

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Amazingly beautiful, Sonam. As Bugboy says, it almost doesn't seem real. The fact that they're quite common is even better. What a joy to have such a companion flying around you.
by David M
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Brown Hairstreak
Topic: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

Dire weather throughout most of August put paid to me seeing very many Brown Hairstreaks, but I persevered and was rewarded with a dozen or so females during my 4 visits to the Pembrokeshire site:

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by David M
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Brown Hairstreak
Topic: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

Chris Jackson wrote:I'll be back out there egg spotting this winter and trying to judge the extent of the laying domain.


Excellent idea. Few butterflies provide as much winter enjoyment as late summer, but betulae egg hunting is almost on a par with tracking down the adults. A great winter pastime!
by David M
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Brown Argus
Topic: Brown Argus - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 114

Re: Brown Argus - Favourite Photo of 2017

This species was thin on the ground again for me this year. I saw a handful locally but my favourite image was probably of this female at Rodborough Common on 20th May:

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by David M
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Chalkhill Blue
Topic: Chalkhill Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Chalkhill Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

Didn't see this species at all in the UK in 2017. However, the early season in the Alps meant that many more than usual were observed between 29th June and 15th July. This individual taking minerals was probably the only one I took individually; the rest were amongst groups of other butterflies: 3.C...
by David M
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Brown Hairstreak
Topic: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

This year I went from the stage of thinking I would never see a Brown Hairstreak in my life, as they do not fly anywhere near Marseilles, to getting the uppers and unders of a female in mid September in a place where no sightings have been made for over 16 years. Then, one month later (yesterday), ...
by David M
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3046
Views: 89435

Re: Padfield

I've had a good year, David, though it's always difficult to compare years as a whole. Some things have been on excellent form, others less so and still others, for various reasons, I didn't get a chance to go looking for. It was generally an early year and seems to be winding down early too. It wa...
by David M
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Big Butterfly Count 2017 - Main Results
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Big Butterfly Count 2017 - Main Results

Maybe it's just that I missed out on the early part of the Hedge Brown flight period, Bugboy, since I only returned from the south of France in mid-July. There then followed an abnormally unseasonal and prolonged period of poor weather (in south Wales at least), meaning that I saw far fewer of this ...
by David M
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 7 (final)
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 part 7 (final)

I don't see why these comments should infringe UKB's R and R's, Phil. You are simply calling things as they are (based upon facts as you know them). Sorry to hear about your travails and I hope they will sort themselves out in due course. It's been a pleasure to read about your foreign jaunts, but s...
by David M
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2191
Views: 88945

Re: Neil Freeman

Beautiful, high quality images of those moth larvae, Neil. The hawk moth in particular looks impressive, although the Yellow-Tails are attractive in their own right too.
by David M
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Big Butterfly Count 2017 - Main Results
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Big Butterfly Count 2017 - Main Results

For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the main results from this year's Big Butterfly Count. It's not a scientific exercise, but nonetheless it does provide useful data. Hedge Browns coming first is a surprise, but I was astonished to see Holly Blues record a 5% decrease . Admittedl...
by David M
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1987
Views: 38121

Re: millerd

That male Holly Blue has made my day too, Dave. As others have mentioned, it is an undoubtedly freshly emerged one; it is quite pristine.
by David M
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 969

Re: October 2017

Well done on the Comma - perhaps you'll see more in the next days before the storm arrives... I had high hopes of that, Peter, but the forecast has changed radically and this weekend looks to be yet another no-go zone. :( It really has been dire here lately, and I've all but written off the back en...
by David M
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1643
Views: 32940

Re: Trevor

Well done with your Cloudies again, Trevor, particularly the helice. With warm, southerly winds blowing this weekend there may be a few more before November casts its evil shroud.
by David M
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 969

Re: October 2017

Great observations, Peter!

I can't seem to get out of the house lately for larvae or anything else, but I did see my first butterfly for a couple of weeks from my kitchen window at around noon today - a Comma basking on my neighbour's roof:

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by David M
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 508
Views: 38033

Re: David M

Thursday 12th October 2017 - Finally.....a butterfly! Been a while since I've had the chance to get out and on those rare occasions the weather has been suitable, I've been either at work or busy with commitments. Today I had intended to spend an hour or so in the great Gower outdoors, but the earl...
by David M
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1869
Views: 37128

Re: Goldie M

Great late season stuff again, Goldie (particularly the returning Brimstone - lovely to keep seeing her). Is there ever a time when your Bowles Mauve is not in flower? :)
by David M
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 100
Views: 2339

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Thanks Trevor and David. Will definitely keep you guys posted when I get better pics. I see more of worn out species now. Bring on as many worn out species as you can find, Sonam!! Your butterflies are almost other-worldly to we Brits. How I wish I lived in a place with such beautiful insect compan...
by David M
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Dave Brown
Replies: 454
Views: 38286

Re: Dave Brown

Looks very much like a helice to me, Dave. Well done...not to mention your other specimens which are all highly desirable....particularly the QoS.
by David M
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1987
Views: 38121

Re: millerd

Things MUST be winding down if you're seeing just Red Admirals and Speckled Woods, Dave. In just a few short weeks, Red Admirals will doubtless be out there on their own.

This is undoubtedly the toughest period of the calendar. Roll on next March!

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