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by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 2104

Re: July 2017

There are elms in nearby Siccaridge Wood, Matsukaze, so I suppose the WLHs have come into the reserve from there.
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1305
Views: 27676

Re: Bugboys mission

I’m confident you’ll get your Brown Hairstreaks eventually, Bugboy. It’s just a matter of time, weather and patience!
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 2975
Views: 85700

Re: Padfield

Love your celina, Guy, just like a Baton Blue without the upper forewing spot! According to the EIG, feisthamelii is now a new species, and yours certainly looks different to the podalirius I have recently seen in the multi-hundreds.
Safe journey back to la Suisse.
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Hoggers
Replies: 1279
Views: 28605

Re: Hoggers

Glad to see the Coppers still going strong on your patch, Hoggers, in spite of the perceived lower numbers this year. I’m delighted when I see a mere singleton so that puts things into perspective.
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1726
Views: 33642

Re: millerd

You’re certainly getting your fill of Holly Blues this year, Dave. The spring brood gave you plenty of opportunities and now the summer one is following that up!
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Kev Ling
Replies: 198
Views: 4685

Re: Kev Ling

That’s not a bad array of garden visitors, Kev. Make the most of it – Peacocks and Brimstones have a tendency to disappear early.
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pyrgus ID please
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: Pyrgus ID please

Hi John. I saw lots of these bitterflies with the significant white tufts and am confident they are bellieri, although I haven't yet got round to posting these images (I will do so very soon).
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pyrgus ID help required Part 3 - French Alps 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 12

Pyrgus ID help required Part 3 - French Alps 2017

Two more from the French Alps. This first one was seen at 1,800m and was noticeably smaller than the usual suspects - carthami, alveus, armoricanus . It also has a very 'rusty' coloured hindwing underside. I think it might be carlinae : 1pyrgusUNID5.ups(1).jpg 1pyrgusUNID5.uns(1).jpg This next one w...
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: A Trio of French Trips
Replies: 10
Views: 129

Re: A Trio of French Trips

Also, something that doesn't come across in the photo's is the sheer size of some of them. I am not exaggerating when I say that some individuals were very almost the size of Small Tortoiseshells! Yes, there are some which appear significantly more 'robust' than our own UK specimens. In the Alps, t...
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 115
Views: 1734

Re: Art Frames

What a beautiful metallic sheen that DGF has, Peter. Reminds me a bit of female Mountain Fritillary, although rather larger and more impressive!
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2086
Views: 84336

Re: Neil Freeman

Yes, great images of the fox cubs, Neil, and the Large Skippers are welcome too - they seem to have disappeared round my area. :(
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Frit ID Help Needed
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Frit ID Help Needed

Chris Jackson wrote:Remind me to whip my Borloria photos out during the off-season.


Do you have an off-season, Chris?
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: July 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 2104

Re: July 2017

Still catching up with UK goings-on after my return last weekend from France. Managed to find both Essex and Small Skipper flying together on a small, orchard site in Abergavenny on Saturday 22nd:

1Essextips(1).jpg


1SmSkipp(1).jpg
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2694
Views: 60368

Re: Pauline

What a transformation! The varying colours are quite remarkable in that sequence, Pauline. Nature at its best. :)
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: A Trio of French Trips
Replies: 10
Views: 129

Re: A Trio of French Trips

More great images there, Pete. What an interesting array of Large Blues you saw, ranging from sparsely marked to the big, bold-spotted one in your third picture.
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 543
Views: 35077

Re: David M

Saturday 22nd July 2017 - sylvestris and lineola A brief break in the poor weather saw me venture out towards Castle Meadows in Abergavenny just after midday. However, once I'd parked my car I noticed the Mill Lane orchard, which was first sectioned off 3 years ago on the way down to the meadows, w...
by David M
Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pyrgus ID help required Part 2 - French Alps 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Pyrgus ID help required Part 2 - French Alps 2017

Many thanks for your assistance again, Roger. Like you, I am finding the pyrgus genus ever more fascinating. They're also exceptionally easy to coax into my examination vial (and are often reluctant to come out)! I too noticed the bellieri emergence. There were, I think, one or two about during the ...
by David M
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: A Trio of French Trips
Replies: 10
Views: 129

Re: A Trio of French Trips

I will certainly look forward to your 'Part Two', Peter, but Scarce Heath is going to be difficult to eclipse!
by David M
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: two abberant Common Blues.
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: two abberant Common Blues.

That second one's an absolute cracker, Allan. One of the best I've seen. :mrgreen:
by David M
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Possible Northern Brown Argus identification?
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: Possible Northern Brown Argus identification?

I think the absence of orange lunules on the forewings pretty much confirms that it is an NBA.

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