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by David M
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Small Heath
Topic: Small Heath – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Re: Small Heath – Favourite Photo of 2017

This photo shows two individuals from the South of France later in the year, 03 September, and possibly form lyllus , which is commoner further south and later in the season Those enlarged forewing ocelli certainly make these specimens stand out, Chris. When in France, I am also surprised at how la...
by David M
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 733
Views: 45118

Re: Jack Harrison

Old Butterfly Books I have just bought (from a local second hand bookshop) an original of E.B.Ford’s classic ‘Butterflies’ for a mere £5. Condition is good rather than perfect – certainly better than my own very-well loved copy given by favourite uncle way back in 1946. The inscription in these old...
by David M
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 90
Views: 1723

Re: Andrew555

Lovely images, Andrew, particularly the two Wall Brown males and the upperside female GVW shot.

With spring round the corner these reminders only increase my anticipation. :)
by David M
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jamie Burston
Replies: 109
Views: 3549

Re: Jamie Burston

I've got two Elm contacts, I'll ask them when I have more time if they are aware of any elms in your area. Fingers-crossed! Many thanks for the offer, Jamie! I only know of one extensive patch of elms in nearby Loughor and there is indeed a WLH colony there. I'm sure there must be others in the vic...
by David M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: jackz432r
Replies: 633
Views: 23927

Re: jackz432r

Excellent, evocative images, Paul. Well done with the Orange Tips and if you have more to post then please go ahead!
by David M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: How to repair a butterfly's wing
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: How to repair a butterfly's wing

Fair warms the heart doesn't it, Charles?

I wonder how she'd have coped with a Small Blue though!!
by David M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Small Copper
Topic: Small Copper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 83

Re: Small Copper – Favourite Photo of 2017

Another poor year for this little jewel in south Wales. I reckon I saw fewer than 30. :(

Here's a fresh specimen taken in Abergavenny on 22nd July:

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by David M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Small Blue
Topic: Small Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 46

Re: Small Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017

They seemed to have a decent year in my neck of the woods. Here's a radiant example from 14th May on the Swansea coastal dunes:

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by David M
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Small Heath
Topic: Small Heath – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 74

Re: Small Heath – Favourite Photo of 2017

I think the only image I took of this species was my first of the year on 14th May at Crymlyn Burrows on the Swansea coast. Perhaps in future I'll pay them more attention as this butterfly is diminishing in numbers and I sincerely hope it isn't about to do a 'Wall Brown' on us in the UK: 2SmHeath(1)...
by David M
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French fritillary ID - please help
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: French fritillary ID - please help

The latter Frit is not Knapweed. As Chris says, this species should have clearly visible black dots in the hindwing post discal band (rather like Glanvilles do). Also, the dislocation in space 3 of the upperwings is considerably sharper towards the inner wing, with the outermost line joining up with...
by David M
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2858
Views: 202204

Re: Neil Hulme

Thanks for the canine update, Neil. Nice to learn Max gets a reward for his attendance!

Love the lattermost image of the clearing. That looks to be a potential violet paradise.....no doubt leading to PBF heaven too!

Good luck!
by David M
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jamie Burston
Replies: 109
Views: 3549

Re: Jamie Burston

Fascinating information again, Jamie. I only wish I could find colonies near me to study! It's a job finding elms on the Gower, let alone WLHs. :(
by David M
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Silver-spotted Skipper
Topic: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

Normally, I take a 'fix' of this species in the UK, but such was the warm summer in the French Alps in 2017 that for the first time I saw considerable numbers in a continental environment.

Here's one of many, many dozens seen:

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by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 182

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

Didn't see too many of these in the UK. I was away for the start of their flight period but a handful kept popping up at the Brown Hairstreak site in Pembrokeshire during August. However, this species was around in near-pestilent numbers in the French Alps in July. I must have seen 500+, including s...
by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 182

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

I came across this mating pair in a local wood in East Sussex. I particularly liked the first image as it shows just how well the pair blended into a leafy background. Great image those, DB. Yes, the first shows off the camouflage, but it's the second that's particularly striking. They posed very n...
by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2858
Views: 202204

Re: Neil Hulme

bugboy wrote:Haha, looks like Minnie Padfield even turned up to that work party :lol:


Yes, it DOES look very like her, Bugboy! :)

Looks like a healthy gathering once again, Neil. I just hope this week's forecast storms don't do any damage. :(
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Silver-spotted Skipper
Topic: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

Fantastic, Dave. That was certainly a memorable few days.
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

Vince Massimo wrote:...but the extraordinary sight of 6 Red Admirals all nectaring on the same plant on 20th February 2017 gets the vote.


That would be a laudable image at any time of year, Vince, but it is quite extraordinary given it was taken in February!!
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Silver-studded Blue
Topic: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017

I saw good numbers of this species in France in 2017, but only two in the UK. However, it was one of my best ever butterflying days out, as it took place on 18th June when skies were clear and the temperature reached 28c in Pembrokeshire!! It was so hot I even took a dip in the sea. Here's one of th...
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Wow! A mating pair! Well done, Neil. Shows the contrast between the sexes' undersides very clearly, and quite amusing in the sense that the male is literally 'hanging in there'. :)

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