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by David M
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: French fritillary ID - please help
Replies: 3
Views: 129

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: 2857
Views: 201761

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: 103
Views: 3467

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: 6
Views: 92

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:

1.1SilverSpottedSkipper.jpg
by David M
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 154

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: 14
Views: 154

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: 2857
Views: 201761

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: 6
Views: 92

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: 166

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: 6
Views: 98

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: 159

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'. :)
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2247
Views: 93960

Re: Neil Freeman

Lovely sequence again, Neil (especially the female Large White). Less than 2 months to go till this year's action begins! :D
by David M
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28577

Re: essex buzzard

Great images, Mark. They're like little kookaburras. Beautiful birds.
by David M
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Butterflies of Var, Southern France
Replies: 291
Views: 13505

Re: Butterflies of Var, Southern France

Looks superb doesn't it, Roger?

The habitat images make my mouth water and anyone who can film a Camberwell Beauty emerging from a chrysalis must have an innate gift!
by David M
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1936
Views: 40800

Re: Goldie M

Not been to Pennington Flash for many years, but it's undoubtedly a great spot for birds. Well done photographing the Willow Tit. Lovely specimen.
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

Although I saw many hundreds of Ringlets in 2017 I didn't take too many images.

On 26th June, at Alun Valley near Bridgend, I photographed this pair mating in the grass:

1Ringletpair(1).jpg


Here's the female resting after the male had flown off:

1Ringletfemale(1).jpg
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Scotch Argus
Topic: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Scotch Argus – Favourite Photo of 2017

Thanks for the info, Iain. As you say, lack of recording may play a role as far as tracking this species' distribution is concerned, but I am always amazed how this butterfly can be extremely common in some areas yet absent from others. It's the same in the Lake District. The two known sites for the...
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1269
Views: 28577

Re: essex buzzard

Nice to see such an array of birds, Mark. That's one thing the UK is blessed with!
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3104
Views: 97150

Re: Padfield

Well done with the QoS, Guy. As you say, it's strange how they remain active so far north when they do not appear till February further south. Perhaps you have a special microclimate?
by David M
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 84
Views: 1616

Re: Andrew555

That's a magnificent shot of the kestrel, Andrew. You can see the intent in its eye.

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