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by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2617
Views: 57846

Re: Pauline

That PH certainly looks as though it's about to burst forth, Pauline.

Be prepared (I'm sure you will).
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Kev Ling
Replies: 185
Views: 4174

Re: Kev Ling

That's the reward you get with White Letter Hairstreaks, Kev. They're tricky to locate, but the payback is an abnormally tame butterfly, similarly disposed to humans as Brown Hairstreak.
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1364
Views: 25562

Re: Trevor

An enviable selection of woodland species there, Trevor.

Who can explain Purple Emperor behaviour? I'm sure even Neil Hulme and Matthew Oates are perplexed at times.

Just be grateful that they're at a place near you and occasionally give you an audience!
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 976

Re: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017

Species seen - Nymphalidae (General Satyrids) 88. Speckled Wood 89. Wall Brown 90. Large Wall Brown 91. Pearly Heath 92. Dusky Heath 93. Small Heath 94. Spanish Gatekeeper 95. Meadow Brown 96. Marbled White 97. Western Marbled White 98. Grayling* Western Marbled Whites are commonplace at this time ...
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andy Wilson
Replies: 91
Views: 2530

Re: Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson wrote:Let's hope for better luck Large Tort-wise a little later.


With Neil Hulme otherwise engaged, I'll be rooting for you boys to come up trumps with this! :)
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1209
Views: 25422

Re: Bugboys mission

Fair play to your spirit of resolve, Bugboy. I recall Neil Hulme going out butterflying when suffering from pneumonia so for you to do likewise having been diagnosed with shingles is beyond the call of duty!

Respect.
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1364
Views: 25562

Re: Trevor

Superb, Trevor. Preparation pays dividends!

Great effort to get camilla and iris in the same shot! :)
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2617
Views: 172383

Re: Neil Hulme

That's a truly staggering number, Neil. No wonder you haven't got the time to monitor potential Large Tortoiseshells.
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 540
Views: 34339

Re: David M

Why thank you, Kellmeister. Bugboy - I believe the cooler, cloudier conditions this weekend should make you more determined to visit Whixhall Moss. I visited 2 years ago in very cloudy weather but there are so many Large Heaths present on this site you are bound to disturb some, whereupon they will ...
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1052
Views: 22716

Re: essex buzzard

Wish I had a reliable site for White Letter Hairstreaks near me, Mark. It's one species that I need to spend lots of time with but opportunities are scarce.

Good to see Essex Skippers are out and about too. I suspect I won't see them in Wales until I return from the Alps in mid-July! :(
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 70
Views: 955

Re: Janet Turnbull

Great that you got your Glanvilles, Janet, and in their natural environment too.

Sounds like a wonderful day.
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: June 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 2359

Re: June 2017

46 Large Heaths seen in an hour and a half spent at the Cors Caron reserve, in mid Wales, which is the UK's most southerly site for this species.

The hot conditions meant few were prepared to take a break from their constant flying though:

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by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 540
Views: 34339

Re: David M

Wednesday 21st June 2017 - Patience stretched.... I suppose in retrospect it wasn't a great decision - let's take a day off and go studying Large Heaths in 28c temperatures!! In an attempt to ensure things didn't spiral out of control, I arrived at Cors Caron, in mid-Wales, just after 9am, believin...
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 976

Re: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017

Species seen - Nymphalidae - (erebia) 86. De Prunner's Ringlet 87. Bright Eyed Ringlet Last year, only De Prunner's Ringlet from this family turned up, and it was again quite prominent, with many dozens seen: 16DePrunnersRinglet(1).jpg This time, Bright Eyed Ringlet appeared as well, albeit in quit...
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Kip on the move
Replies: 15
Views: 315

Re: Kip on the move

Great images, Kip, and very worthy of that decadent smiley at the end of your post! :D
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2617
Views: 57846

Re: Pauline

Shame few of us get to see Purple Hairstreaks at such close quarters and so fresh, as they are truly beautiful.

Thanks for sharing that sequence, Pauline.
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Kev Ling
Replies: 185
Views: 4174

Re: Kev Ling

Love those White Letter Hairstreaks, Kev. I wish I could fond a colony near me. They're delightful butterflies.
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andy Wilson
Replies: 91
Views: 2530

Re: Andy Wilson

Well done on your Emperor experience, Andy. Shame High Browns aren't gererally so co-operative! :(
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1209
Views: 25422

Re: Bugboys mission

Shame about epiphron, Bugboy. You picked the right spot - there are hundreds up there, but as you discovered, they won't fly unless conditions are bright.
by David M
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Dark Dark Green Fritillary
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Dark Dark Green Fritillary

That's a cracking specimen. I see melanistic High Browns fairly regularly at the Welsh site, but very few Dark Green aberrations turn up there by comparison.

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