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by David M
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1439
Views: 30771

Re: Bugboys mission

That's a really nice female Common Blue, Bugboy. That slightly reduced pattern of blue seems to make the effect more appealing.
by David M
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pete Eeles
Replies: 1025
Views: 50237

Re: Pete Eeles

Cryptic Wood White, Heath Fritillary, Mountain Ringlet, Painted Lady (!), Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Wood White. Thanks, Pete. I was surprised to see Painted Lady in your list but upon reflection can see why. I guess you're right about Mountain Ringlet being the trickiest to document though. Goo...
by David M
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Anglesey ID
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Anglesey ID

That's a very striking specimen. I don't think I have ever personally seen such a dusky individual as that (and I've seen multi-thousandsof Speckled Woods!!)
by David M
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Painted Lady aberration ocellata.Rebel?
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Painted Lady aberration ocellata.Rebel?

I saw one of these myself quite recently, but nothing like as well marked as your individual, which shows the most prominent blue spots I've ever seen on this species.
by David M
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2171
Views: 87617

Re: Neil Freeman

The weekend isn't looking too bad, Neil, so best of luck with your trip. Meanwhile, those Speckled Woods are impeccable. I love the chocolate brown ground colour when they're fresh.
by David M
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1560
Views: 31008

Re: Trevor

I wouldn't complain too much about that tatty Clouded Yellow, Trevor. You've seen a notable range of species for a late September day and your female Common Blue is probably the pick...although a Brown Hairstreak at any time is highly desirable!
by David M
Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pete Eeles
Replies: 1025
Views: 50237

Re: Pete Eeles

Pete Eeles wrote: I want to "do this properly" and there are several gaps to close that will take a season (or two) to sort out.


You seem to have covered so much in the last two or three years, Pete. Which are the species you haven't yet covered satisfactorily?
by David M
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 36
Views: 1270

Re: September 2017.

Deborah wrote:A second generation Map on mint growing in the ditch at the edge of the garden.


You nearly gave me a seizure there, Deborah....until I saw your location!
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 554
Views: 36923

Re: David M

Sunday 17th September 2017 - Autumn setting in..... Another visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales saw plenty of butterflies, both inside and outside the glasshouse. However, since my visit 3 weeks ago Large Whites have seemingly disappeared, with only a handful of Small and Green Veined Wh...
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1439
Views: 30771

Re: Bugboys mission

bugboy wrote:..Funny how even the commonest butterfly can get you a bit excited on drab days.


Absolutely agree, Bugboy, and perhaps never more so than at the end or the beginning of the season.

Still, you ended up seeing a fair range, so you did right to venture out.
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1912
Views: 36759

Re: millerd

What a beautiful specimen that female Common Blue is, Dave. You got lucky seeing her.
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2171
Views: 87617

Re: Neil Freeman

Mightily evocative landscape shots there, Neil. That part of the south coast is iconic and I envy those who live there. I'm sure it still looks gorgeous on a sunny winter's day!
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1560
Views: 31008

Re: Trevor

Amazing to see such fresh Common Blues at this time of year, Trevor.

You are definitely living in a good spot for butterflies.
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Gary.N
Replies: 129
Views: 3187

Re: Gary.N

Nice to see a summer Brimstone, Gary. Well done. Those Silver Spotted Skippers are a joy to behold too.
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1822
Views: 36102

Re: Goldie M

You're seeing good numbers at this late stage, Goldie, including Peacocks which seem to have disappeared in my neck of the woods.

Make the most of the Whites. By early October I suspect they'll be all but gone. :(
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 36
Views: 1270

Re: September 2017.

Unlike Deborah above, I am no longer seeing Peacocks. They were conspicuous by their absence today at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, near Cross Hands. By contrast, Small Tortoiseshells & Red Admirals were seen in good numbers, with Small and Green Veined Whites also seen in low numbers. ...
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Katrina
Replies: 603
Views: 15926

Re: Katrina

Twelve Small Coppers is a respectable haul anywhere, Katrina, and if you're still seeing Meadow Browns and Small Heaths then that's a bonus.
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 166
Views: 3023

Re: Art Frames

Beautiful contrast, Peter. Yes, it'd be nice if crocea popped up in the UK as regularly as it does in France.
by David M
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 36
Views: 1270

Re: September 2017.

A three quarter hour stroll amongst the dunes at Port Eynon on the Gower coast on Saturday 16th saw double figure numbers of Small Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals, several Whites, four Common Blues and a Painted Lady. This Red Admiral was a bit unusual with the black running through the forewing red...
by David M
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3019
Views: 88472

Re: Padfield

It's quite something to know High Browns are still flying chez toi, Guy, and even more of a shock to still be seeing images of Large Skippers!

Well done with the Cardinals. Having now seen them in flesh and wing myself, I can appreciate why people covet them so much. They are magnificent insects.

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