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by millerd
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 1095

Re: October 2017

Brilliant, David! :) Glad to hear there are still a few things lurking in South Wales as well...

Dave
by millerd
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: October 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 1095

Re: October 2017

Another (rather late) brand new third brood Holly Blue on my local patch near Heathrow today...
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Dave
by millerd
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Thanks, Wurzel - it's probably partly the Heathrow "heat island" effect and habitat that suits the less-specialised butterflies. And the season is still going - just. :) :wink: Thanks, Trevor - it's been a two-day washout here too without a glimpse of the sun. :( Thank you, Goldie - if the...
by millerd
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Andrew555
Replies: 10
Views: 122

Re: Andrew555

Very much looking forward to future selections, Andrew, if those are typical... :) I also like your Graylings - I think almost every shot I have of them they are either on the ground or on a piece of heather. By the way, your White is a Large one as you guessed (I think the grey smudge on the top of...
by millerd
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Tuesday 17th October : a sunny morning until about 1130, but much cooler than the last few days. The butterflies were just getting going when the sun started to fade into gradual grey gloom, but I counted about a dozen Red Admirals, a Comma, and the reappearance of a Speckled Wood before this happe...
by millerd
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Chalkhill Blue
Topic: Chalkhill Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 119

Re: Chalkhill Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

I thought I'd go for the more unusual this time...

From Denbies on 11th August comes this female with an unusual amount of blue.
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From the same location, on 23rd July, I've also picked out a female "Silver-studded Chalkhill Blue".
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Dave
by millerd
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Brown Argus
Topic: Brown Argus - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Brown Argus - Favourite Photo of 2017

A very difficult choice again, as I am blessed with a healthy contingent locally, and regularly see them elsewhere. However, the standalone "top moment" for me was seeing two males on my local patch having a rare old ding-dong. I don't think I have ever seen two butterflies of any species ...
by millerd
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Thanks, Goldie - it got even redder later on (This was taken at 1421).
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Around three o'clock, the whole sky turned orange and it got quite dark for a while. Apocalyptic! But by sunset the haze had largely gone. A bizarre day of weather. :)

Dave
by millerd
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1479
Views: 32174

Re: Bugboys mission

A very good selection from Bookham, Buggy - Coppers going strong still, and some fresh ones among them. :)

Dave
by millerd
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Brown Hairstreak
Topic: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: Brown Hairstreak - Favourite Photo of 2017

I managed my first photos of a male butterfly this year down at Bookham (11th August), so that has to come high on the list. BrH12 110817.JPG I also saw some nice new females at the same spot on two different days...(1st and 11th August) BrH6 010817.JPG BrH2 110817.JPG ...and then a worn but very co...
by millerd
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

The local Nettle beds must have been heaving with caterpillars! Strangely, Buggy, not that you'd have noticed. There are some quite large beds of nettles around here that obviously suit them - hence the numbers - but they are not easy to find. :? Sunday 15th October : I had a busy day scheduled, an...
by millerd
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Possibly 100 just this month, Buggy. If you add the numbers I've seen each day (2nd-15th October inclusive), it comes to 235. Allowing for repeat sightings, 100 might be feasible... If I go back to 11th September, bearing in mind several blank days, the total is 418. The vast majority of those seen ...
by millerd
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Adonis Blue
Topic: Adonis Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: Adonis Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

That is one beautiful butterfly, Wurzel. Excellent shot. :)

Dave
by millerd
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

It was an interesting variation, Wurzel - one hopes there are no Small Copper genes in there. That would turn the whole of taxonomy upsidedown I suspect... :) Saturday 14th October : Some weak and intermittent (but warm) sunshine this morning, enough mobilise a few more of the local Red Admiral Army...
by millerd
Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1479
Views: 32174

Re: Bugboys mission

I'm glad you saw a couple of nice Cloudies at Mill Hill, Buggy - a bit of compensation for missing out by the seaside... :) Those blues are terrific, though, especially that last female. :) :mrgreen: And a Brown Argus as well! :mrgreen: I had hoped there might be an odd one local to me, but no joy. ...
by millerd
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Yes, that's the same ab, Buggy. I'm happy to stick with the name chosen... :wink: :lol:

Dave
by millerd
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1645
Views: 33045

Re: Trevor

That's a lovely pose on the rosehip, Trevor. :) There must still be home-grown Cloudies emerging along the south coast - I imagine that given a bit of sunshine and no frost, this will continue to some extent.

Dave
by millerd
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Thank you everyone. It was a lovely insect that Holly Blue, and though a few third brood individuals appear every year round here, that didn't make it any less special. :) Friday 13th October : another grey and breezy day today unfortunately as it was entirely warm enough to tempt the butterflies ou...
by millerd
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Freeman
Replies: 2191
Views: 88980

Re: Neil Freeman

Lovely chunky hawk moth caterpillars, Neil. I hope they get through ok. Best of luck with the weekend weather too - let's hope we get sun with the warmth that's promised. :)

Dave
by millerd
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 1992
Views: 38190

Re: millerd

Thanks, Essex. The kestrel was larger than it looks in the photo - it was taken from some way off. You were right about Thursday too... :) Things wound up again with today's sunshine, David, after almost a blank day yesterday. There still seems to be a bit of life in the season. :) You're seeing a g...

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