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by David M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1353
Views: 28490

Re: Bugboys mission

I'm finding it the same round my way, Bugboy. I think this shocking three week spell of weather, which has including heavy rain and unseasonably high winds, has taken its toll on butterfly numbers. It's a real shame as things had been looking promising until the last week in July. :(
by David M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andy Brown
Replies: 226
Views: 6233

Re: Andy Brown

That new equipment is paying dividends already, Andy. Superb images there.
by David M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1116
Views: 23945

Re: essex buzzard

What a beautiful, dark individual she is, Mark. Almost a Mountain Frit-like sheen to her!
by David M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2121
Views: 85401

Re: Neil Freeman

A couple of nice reports there, Neil, including images of two supposedly common species I haven't see too often this year - Small Heath & Small Skipper.
by David M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1787
Views: 34399

Re: millerd

Looks like Silver Spotted Skippers are having a good year from your account, Dave. I've been to that site a few times and seen decent numbers, but never to the point where I was disturbing them with every few steps.
by David M
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 722
Views: 42233

Re: Jack Harrison

Agree about the cryptic markings on the Red Admiral, Jack. I simply love that bluish sheen to them. Interesting too that Green Veined Whites are common in the lanes up there. Near me, they've been distinctly inconspicuous during their supposed summer brood. Maybe the dry conditions in late June &...
by David M
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1116
Views: 23945

Re: essex buzzard

Thanks for that, Mark. Lots of lifers for me on that impressive list. How would you rate Armenia for other things, e.g. infrastructure, quality of food/accommodation/transport, welcome from locals, provision of services, etc? I know so little about this country, but it has been on my radar for a whi...
by David M
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 1206

Re: French Alps, 27th June - 15th July 2017

In summary, this has been by far the best trip I've made for sheer butterfly numbers. I may never see such numbers again even if the range of species keeps pace. I only arrived back in the UK a calendar month ago, but after the weather conditions over the last fortnight, it feels like an age. I'll f...
by David M
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2765
Views: 61726

Re: Pauline

That's another fantastic Brown Hairstreak sequence, Pauline, and yes, you have trumped my 3 eggs being laid simultaneously with that amazing batch of four! I wonder whether anyone has ever seen 5 being laid like this?
by David M
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Copper species Corfu
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Copper species Corfu

Grecian Copper for sure. The lack of black edges to the orange submarginal band is conclusive.
by David M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: August 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1156

Re: August 2017

Pleased to say female Brown Hairstreaks are now on the wing and laying eggs at the main site for this species in Pembrokeshire. Six were seen in just over an hour in far from ideal conditions - mainly light cloud and 18c temperatures. 1BH3(1).jpg One individual laid all three of these eggs one after...
by David M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 550
Views: 35737

Re: David M

Sunday 13th August 2017 - Unpredictable behaviour..... I don't think I'll ever work out the modus operandum of the Brown Hairstreak. After drawing two blanks with females at the Pembrokeshire site last week, I returned again today in borderline weather conditions and ended up seeing SIX in just ove...
by David M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1787
Views: 34399

Re: millerd

That's a great female Chalkhill, Dave. I don't think I've seen one with so much blue on the upperwings before. Well done with the Adonis ab. too. That's a very striking specimen.
by David M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Hoggers
Replies: 1288
Views: 28920

Re: Hoggers

Hoggers wrote:74 for the third brood is an excellent count


74 annually would be good for most of us, Hoggers! Always a delight to see your Coppers. There's such a range of variation and it's nice to see individuals previously recorded turning up again.
by David M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2765
Views: 61726

Re: Pauline

Yes. Always a joy to see Brown Hairstreak images. This butterfly is a godsend at this time of year as we lose the bulk of our single brooded summer species.
by David M
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Butterflysaurus rex
Replies: 668
Views: 20622

Re: Butterflysaurus rex

What a stroke of luck with that male Chalkhill, James! The female you photographed is lovely too.....and nice to see a Brown Argus, a butterfly I haven't seen much of this year. :(
by David M
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Another sad case - is this on the rise?
Replies: 15
Views: 700

Re: Another sad case - is this on the rise?

The aim of the research is to hopefully re-introduce the butterfly into its former range. Good luck to them. I've always been confused as to why Scotch Argus is present at only two sites in England, when there is seemingly highly suitable habitat for them elsewhere in the immediate environs. I wish...
by David M
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2712
Views: 182103

Re: Neil Hulme

I think all councils could benefit from such meetings regarding hedgerows, Neil, irrespective of whether Brown Hairstreaks are present in the local area.

Too much that is precious is lost needlessly in the name of tidiness. Wales is no exception to this folly.
by David M
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1481
Views: 28442

Re: Trevor

Your 'hunch' doesn't surprise me, Trevor. Easily my best local site for Wall Browns is Dan-y-Graig cemetery in Swansea, where, like yours, the Welsh ones like to perch on gravestones.

I think the females appreciate the longer grasses around the graves that remain uncut.
by David M
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1787
Views: 34399

Re: millerd

That male Brown Hairstreak looks exceptionally drab, Dave, but the females.....well, that first one you found would compensate for practically anything!

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