I haven't been to Barrington Court for years, Wurzel. I do remember the gardens as being rather splendid, though, and particularly that my mother used to sneak cuttings from various plants... She always liked Small Tortoiseshells too and would have been delighted to see so many. Lovely shots.
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- Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:19 pm
- Forum: Marsh Fritillary
- Topic: Marsh Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 5
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My second visit to Wurzel's famous Wiltshire hillside on May 31st produced a selection of somewhat worn individuals (my first visit only sported a singleton). However, there was a mating pair, and a lot of nectaring activity on the brambles. MF pair1 310517.JPG MF pair3 310517.JPG MF11 310517.JPG Dave
- Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:11 pm
- Forum: Marbled White
- Topic: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 7
- Views: 91
My favourites usually also come from Box Hill, but this time round a brand new one from Aston Rowant came out on top. MW1 030717.JPG I also remember a single worn specimen (5th August) from the verge where the Yorkshire Wolds Way runs along a stretch of road, one of the most northerly examples you'r...
- Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:03 pm
- Forum: Lulworth Skipper
- Topic: Lulworth Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 4
- Views: 66
A trip to Durlston Country Park (after a swim at Studland first) on a decent July day (9th) produced quite a few of the local speciality (as I hoped it would).It all seems a world away from today's snowy cold and wet.
- Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:02 pm
- Forum: Large White
- Topic: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 11
- Views: 173
Not very many of these early on, but a few more appeared later in the season - possibly immigrants, as when I was down in Kent at the end of August they were steadily flying in off the sea. The first memorable shot was a glimpse of a mating pair high up on 20th April, on one of my regular local walk...
- Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:30 pm
- Forum: Large Skipper
- Topic: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 7
- Views: 118
My favourite is one seen on 6th July at the same location as Bugboy's (Chobham Common) and in a pose rather like Goldie's...
Thanks to you all for the comments. :) Unfortunately that was the last sighting of anything around here. The sunny days recently have been too windy, or just plain cold. I've checked the various nettle beds, but have not been able to re-find the Red Admiral eggs I spotted earlier in the month, nor a...
- Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:18 pm
- Forum: Identification
- Topic: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina
- Replies: 3
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Yes, I'd agree with that. It's not uncommon on many newly emerged brown butterflies, particularly female blues - here's an example of a brand new Silver-studded Blue female from 2013 (Fairmile Common).Definitely a sheen, not blue scales.
- Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:34 pm
- Forum: Holly Blue
- Topic: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 10
- Views: 175
Hmmm. This is a difficult one. Having seen the odd one or two of these this year, possibly the most memorable were the first and the (I'm pretty sure now) last, seen on 25th March and 16th November respectively. The first was a male on a warm, sunny, but very windy day, attracted to a white feather ...
- Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:16 pm
- Forum: Large Blue
- Topic: Large Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 5
- Views: 128
I had two visits to Collard Hill in three days (en route to and from Taunton for a weekend). Both visits were cursed with cloudy and not very warm conditions, but I saw Large Blues on both days. On 23rd June, there were more around, but they weren't opening up... LB5 230617.JPG LB6 230617.JPG ...and...
Once again you've made the most of the inclement weather that can so often curse the enjoyment of a lovely part of the world in the summer. Of course it may have been the weather gods following the instruction on Essex Buzzard's t-shirt... :wink: :) By the way, what does "setaceous" mean? ...
Lovely to see them still flying, David. I think this is the point in the year where milder coastal spots become favoured over even my sheltered (and artificially-heated...) location.
A brilliant season, Buggy. 55 species is pretty good, especially when you see what it included... Like Trevor says, the Purple Hairstreaks really stand out. Hard to follow, really.
- Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:56 pm
- Forum: Green-veined White
- Topic: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 13
- Views: 234
A really difficult choice. The spring and summer versions of the species are quite distinct, as are males and females, so you are looking at four different types straight off. Back on 2nd April, I watched a male and female encounter each other and couple in no time at all. GVW pair6 020417.JPG A few...
- Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:19 pm
- Forum: Grizzled Skipper
- Topic: Grizzled Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
- Replies: 7
- Views: 149
A couple of favourites, both from Denbies. The first is a classic pose (22nd April).The second is a shot I've long sought after: a Grizzly and a Dingy on the same flower (6th May).
Thanks, both! It's good to still be seeing things. Eight days out of twenty this month so far, and ten months out of twelve in the year. :) I think that nationally Red Admirals have been seen on every day of the year - but I would check that to be certain. It doesn't seem unlikely to be honest. My l...