Search found 7569 matches

by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1920
Views: 36977

Re: millerd

Don’t despair, Dave. What you’ve seen is good for the time of year and we all must acknowledge that the season is coming to an end. You still managed some lovely Comma shots, and one hopes there will be many more opportunities before the nights and the cold weather finally close in towards the end o...
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1573
Views: 31335

Re: Trevor

Great sightings of the mating pairs of Wall Browns, Trevor. You must have been delighted. Interesting that you noted the female took the lead in flight. That’s what I found in May when I observed a coupling pair. I often wonder whether this is species dependent, as in some butterflies, it is seeming...
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain Part 4
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Holiday to Spain Part 4

Some lovely insects generally there, Phil, not just the butterflies. Southern Europe is a treasure trove compared to our relatively cool climate and a visit at just about any time of year can turn up interesting things as you have proved.
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 Part 5a
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 Part 5a

Southern Gatekeeper is on my wish list, Phil. I envy you for having seen it. Sadly, my visits to continental Europe tend to be over by mid-July, so I don't get the chance to see the late summer specialists. I hope to put that right over the next few years though, as there is plenty to see in August ...
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain part 5b
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Holiday to Spain part 5b

Hard to see what else it could be but onopordi, Phil. That heavy outline of the anvil mark on the underside pretty much rules out anything else. Nice Sage Skippers by the way.....a species I'm yet to see! :(
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Hoggers
Replies: 1309
Views: 30216

Re: Hoggers

I hope that tonsillitis is firmly behind you, Hoggers and yes, what better way to consign it to history with such a beautiful array of divine Small Coppers. All being well there’ll still be a fair few over the next week or three!
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: Gardeners World - Butterflies
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: Gardeners World - Butterflies

Yes, may I extend my thanks too, Mike, for this link. It was highly intriguing, and what a garden Matthew and his wife have (unsurprising, I suppose, given Matthew's 'leanings'). Great to see his collection of Orange Tip pupae assembled in his foyer. Perhaps we should all seek out a few and 'contain...
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Abberant Common Blue.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Abberant Common Blue.

As you say, Allan, the uppersides do not betray the anomalous undersides, yet those undersides really are quite bizarre. I'm used to seeing the spots almost blanked out or very large in comparison to what is normal, but this specimen looks quite 'natural' in the sense that it all seems very much in ...
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 Part 5c
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 Part 5c

Our semele Grayling is one of my top ten butterflies and the ones abroad don’t disappoint either :) . Their habit of sitting tight and relying on their camouflage gives you a fighting chance of seeing them up close, and marvelling at their cryptic coloration. Agree entirely. This genus behaves very...
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Holiday to Spain 2017 Part 5c
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: Holiday to Spain 2017 Part 5c

Lovely reportage there, Phil, and I'm envious of both your Striped and Tree Graylings as I have yet to see either!
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: September 2017.
Replies: 43
Views: 1541

Re: September 2017.

Small Whites still on the wing in south Wales this weekend, whilst this afternoon saw a Red Admiral fluttering by my cottage in light rain!!
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Abberant Common Blue.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Abberant Common Blue.

That's an amazing specimen, Allan. I thought it was a hybrid when I first saw it. Absolutely stunning.
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Maximus
Replies: 958
Views: 22499

Re: Maximus

That scrubby area looks like butterfly heaven, Mike, with its sheltered dip and masses of what I presume are blackthorn bushes at the bottom?
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1447
Views: 31002

Re: Bugboys mission

Glad you found your Wall Browns, Bugboy, but almost as satisfying must have been that lovely looking Brown Argus?
by David M
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1829
Views: 36261

Re: Goldie M

That's a nice range of species you've got again, Goldie. Those Tortie shots made me chuckle, especially the one on the elephant ornament....although the Comma looks like it's basking on something artificial too.
by David M
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2815
Views: 71548

Re: Pauline

..p.s. I think we took an evolutionary wrong turn in not hibernating like some other mammals...if it's good enough for bears, hedgehogs and dormice, then it's good enough for me I quite agree, Neil. Imagine not having to go through that late autumn depression (not to mention colds and flu) and to e...
by David M
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Gary.N
Replies: 130
Views: 3248

Re: Gary.N

Beautiful array of unusual Coppers there, Gary, especially that fourth one, which is exceptionally dark.
by David M
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Katrina
Replies: 606
Views: 16075

Re: Katrina

Large White for sure.
by David M
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1184
Views: 25343

Re: essex buzzard

You only spotted one Brown Hairstreak, Mark, but she looks a beauty...as does that female Adonis.
by David M
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Books, Articles, Videos, TV
Topic: BBC website Wedding Release of Butterflies
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: BBC website Wedding Release of Butterflies

Quite. Interesting too to note this comment:

It (BC) also warned that releasing non-native species was illegal


This increasing trend needs to be more closely monitored. You wouldn't release hummingbirds so why should Monarchs be any different?

Go to advanced search