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by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1651
Views: 31961

Re: Goldie M

Well done with the DGF's, Goldie.

Interesting that Small Skippers are out your way. I haven't seen any yet myself in spite of the recent perfect conditions. :(
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2623
Views: 57999

Re: Pauline

That young hedgehog is positively adorable, Pauline. I do hope they all pull through.
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Kip on the move
Replies: 20
Views: 352

Re: Kip on the move

Woodland Brown is one of Europe's most difficult species, Kip, so well done on getting images such as those.

Wonderful!
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1059

Re: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017

Thanks again, Roger. Like you, I too am now over 90% certain, although I'll mention this to Julian & Matt to see if we can get a 'ruling' on the 'Marbled White' seen the day before (but not by me). It too could well have been lachesis.
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Tony Moore
Replies: 89
Views: 1869

Re: Tony Moore

Pizza and Polpo with accompanying Swallowtails is even better, Tony!
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1215
Views: 25485

Re: Bugboys mission

I look at is medicinal David , Shingles is often brought on by stress, I can't think of many things more stressful than locking myself away for a fortnight, what's stressful about hunting butterflies in woodland and meadows? I cannot challenge a word of that, Bugboy. In fact, I'd say that being sur...
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1370
Views: 25654

Re: Trevor

My envy is directed mainly to the absence of the magnificent Purple Emperor within reasonable travelling distance of my home. :(

It must be such a delight to be able to nip into local woodland to enjoy such a spectacle.

Enjoy it while it lasts.
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: SimonC69
Replies: 97
Views: 2114

Re: SimonC69

Good luck, Simon. Remember, if you're out in the field, then you've always got a fighting chance!!
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Janet Turnbull
Replies: 88
Views: 1066

Re: Janet Turnbull

Janet, this is a most unexpected but welcome surprise. Some lovely natural residents you have captured there.

For the record, I too err towards Southern Small White, although the spring brood isn't as heavily marked as the summer one so I'm not 100%.
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1059

Re: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017

....just for comparison, I have posted images of the galathea seen at Daneway Banks last Saturday with this (now probable) lachesis:

1MarbWhite(1).jpg


17MarbledWh(3).jpg
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1059

Re: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017

Roger, many thanks for this and I believe you are right. Unfortunately, I never saw this butterfly in flight (I found it roosting during a wet afternoon) which is a shame, because as you say, an upperside would have been definitive. Of course, galathea is usually more heavily marked in southern Fran...
by David M
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: ID please
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: ID please

Looks like a female Spotted Fritillary to me.
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2623
Views: 57999

Re: Pauline

That PH certainly looks as though it's about to burst forth, Pauline.

Be prepared (I'm sure you will).
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Kev Ling
Replies: 186
Views: 4197

Re: Kev Ling

That's the reward you get with White Letter Hairstreaks, Kev. They're tricky to locate, but the payback is an abnormally tame butterfly, similarly disposed to humans as Brown Hairstreak.
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1370
Views: 25654

Re: Trevor

An enviable selection of woodland species there, Trevor.

Who can explain Purple Emperor behaviour? I'm sure even Neil Hulme and Matthew Oates are perplexed at times.

Just be grateful that they're at a place near you and occasionally give you an audience!
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1059

Re: Pyrenees Orientales, 23 May - 31 May 2017

Species seen - Nymphalidae (General Satyrids) 88. Speckled Wood 89. Wall Brown 90. Large Wall Brown 91. Pearly Heath 92. Dusky Heath 93. Small Heath 94. Spanish Gatekeeper 95. Meadow Brown 96. Marbled White 97. Western Marbled White 98. Grayling* Western Marbled Whites are commonplace at this time ...
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andy Wilson
Replies: 91
Views: 2552

Re: Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson wrote:Let's hope for better luck Large Tort-wise a little later.


With Neil Hulme otherwise engaged, I'll be rooting for you boys to come up trumps with this! :)
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1215
Views: 25485

Re: Bugboys mission

Fair play to your spirit of resolve, Bugboy. I recall Neil Hulme going out butterflying when suffering from pneumonia so for you to do likewise having been diagnosed with shingles is beyond the call of duty!

Respect.
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1370
Views: 25654

Re: Trevor

Superb, Trevor. Preparation pays dividends!

Great effort to get camilla and iris in the same shot! :)
by David M
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2617
Views: 172732

Re: Neil Hulme

That's a truly staggering number, Neil. No wonder you haven't got the time to monitor potential Large Tortoiseshells.

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