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by David M
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

So many different Blues were recorded that it would be impossible to condense them all into a single post. Here is the full list though: Species seen - Lycaenidae - (Blues) 19. Brown Argus 20. Mountain Argus 21. Geranium Argus 22. Silvery Argus 23. Geranium Bronze 24. Holly Blue 25. Small Blue 26. O...
by David M
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glanville Fritillary - Caterpillar
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Glanville Fritillary - Caterpillar

Sylvie, according to Tristan Lafranchis in his book Les Papillons de Jour de France, Belgique et Luxembourg et leurs Chenilles, the biology of this species in relation to broods is:

Vol: avril - juin puis juillet - septembre en 2 générations en plaine. Une seule génération en été en montagne.
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1314
Views: 27794

Re: Bugboys mission

That's one hell of a Hedge Brown, Bugboy....and the last Small Copper is pretty striking too....wonderful lighting.
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1720
Views: 33761

Re: Goldie M

Well done with the Clouded Yellow, Goldie. It almost looks pale enough to be a helice.
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Florida 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: Florida 2017

That first image of the Metalmark doesn't look real....it's like something out of Bagpuss!!

Incredible how nature can contrive such colours. How I wish we had a few of these in Europe!!
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

Realy nice David , looking forward to see more :) Much more to come, John, and willingly so..... Non- pyrgus Skippers Large, Essex and Small Skippers were simply too numerous to count. I reckon the latter two species were threatening five-figures!! As a result, I didn't really pay too much attentio...
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1077
Views: 23536

Re: essex buzzard

Wow! More surprises, Mark!

Armenia has definitely been elevated in my list of places to visit.
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Help to ID on a France Pyrgus
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: Help to ID on a France Pyrgus

Given Roger's pronouncement on my own, very similar, ID issue, I too would err towards malvoides. If the insect was visibly small then I think you can be sure of this.
by David M
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 89
Views: 1744

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

Three of our five Hairstreaks always settle with wings closed, Sonam, but Brown Hairstreaks (along with Purple) open up quite regularly:

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The undersides are especially attractive too:

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by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 790
Views: 22310

Re: MikeOxon

So pleased you got your valezinas, Mike. It's a beautiful form of a beautiful insect and highly coveted by everyone.
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

Pyrgus With every passing year, I'm becoming increasingly attentive towards this genus, to the point where I'm beginning to understand why Roger (Gibbons) studies them so intently. With 90% of species fairly easy to identify, one is often left in a position where one needs to pay special attention ...
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

As I begin to write this commentaire , I can't settle upon a final figure regarding the number of species I personally saw. I am still getting my head round all the sightings, and things have changed since my return, with new species having been recorded...and, there is the question of those butterf...
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

I had the idea you were a tour leader, David ... Can't you take your troops where you want? Yes. But a 5 hour round trip from the Mercantour to the outskirts of the Hautes Alpes isn't really a viable option. :( Ah well - you can always come to Switzerland for alpine graylings and warrenensis I shal...
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

Thanks, Pete. I'm sure you'll enjoy what's to come but I get a bit frustrated on these tours as I don't get to venture into the really high 'hinterland' that you visited, meaning that the likes of Alpine Grayling, Warren's Skipper, et al are all unattainable. :( Still, one can't complain at 130+ spe...
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pyrgus ID please
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: Pyrgus ID please

LOL! These lavender bushes are fast taking on iconic status! :)
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1720
Views: 33761

Re: Goldie M

Goldie, you've just reminded me that I've seen only two Painted Ladies in the UK so far this year! Let's hope for a few more during August & September.
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 89
Views: 1744

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

What a quartet! And here's me thinking female Brown Hairstreak can't be beaten!

She'd stand no chance in a beauty contest against these stunners.
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pyrgus ID help required Part 3 - French Alps 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: Pyrgus ID help required Part 3 - French Alps 2017

Many thanks for your feedback, Roger. I'm always on the look out for carlinae but seldom do I see it.
by David M
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Savoie - ID confirmation needed please
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Savoie - ID confirmation needed please

That silvery flash on the hindwings has aethiops written all over it. Right time of year too.
by David M
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1077
Views: 23536

Re: essex buzzard

Gavarnie Blue!!! What a sighting, Mark. I'm truly envious. Armenia is full of surprises!

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