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by millerd
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1732
Views: 39368

Re: Trevor

Seconded, Trevor!

Halfway round to Emperor-time now... :)

Dave
by millerd
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Silver-washed Fritillary
Topic: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 113

Re: Silver-washed Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

On 30th June, despite not a great deal of sunshine, plenty of male SWF were around in Fermyn Woods.
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A week later, a really hot day down at Bookham produced more females.
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Dave
by millerd
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Silver-studded Blue
Topic: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 67

Re: Silver-studded Blue – Favourite Photo of 2017

On 1st June I visited two of the Surrey heathland sites for this species. Thursley was first, and on a very warm and sunny morning they were probably right at the start of their emergence. SSB14 010617.JPG SSB12 010617.JPG SSB9 010617.JPG At Fairmile Common later in the day, they were less cooperati...
by millerd
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Silver-spotted Skipper
Topic: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: Silver-spotted Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

Quite possibly the most unusual sighting of my year, the bilateral gynandromorph from Aston Rowant in September certainly will always stick in the mind. SSS B-G3 020917.JPG Splitting the photo down the middle makes the phenomenon that much clearer. Left side: male SSS B-G(m) 020917.JPG Right side: f...
by millerd
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3199
Views: 151793

Re: Wurzel

A great autumn selection, Wurzel. It was a good one, so hopefully you have a few more posts to go to take us into the new season! :) I also like that perfect Large White - they are certainly more obliging at the tag end of the sumer.

Dave
by millerd
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1732
Views: 39368

Re: Trevor

Ah, a trio of you engaged in this worthwhile activity, Trevor.

That would be tree fellers then...

Dave
(sorry...)
by millerd
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Ringlet
Topic: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 169

Re: Ringlet – Favourite Photo of 2017

I can't match that splendid array of Ringlets! However, they were the single commonest species on a visit to Fermyn Woods on 30th June. Despite the high numbers, they were really difficult to approach and this pair (no doubt distracted by other matters) were all that would keep still. RT pair1 30061...
by millerd
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Red Admiral
Topic: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Red Admiral – Favourite Photo of 2017

Having seen so many on my local patch, particularly in the September-November period, it is very hard to pick favourites. However, a striking individual from 3rd October stands out, blessed with both extra white spots (ab. bialbata ) and the red bands broken in two (ab. fructa ). RA7a 031017.JPG Ano...
by millerd
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1732
Views: 39368

Re: Trevor

Some excellent stormy seascapes, there Trevor. :) It's been some years since I lived in Dover, but I still miss the sea when I see views like these.

Happy New Year, by the way!

Dave
by millerd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3199
Views: 151793

Re: Wurzel

And a Happy New Year to you too! :)

Those Wiltshire Walls were very nice as well, Wurzel. It's good to see them somewhere away from the coast - a reminder of when they were more widespread.

Dave
by millerd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1554
Views: 37327

Re: Bugboys mission

That WLH is a brilliant sighting. :) I wonder how many others are dotted around the parks of Central London? You've inspired me to look more carefully at the elm suckers in hedgerows on my local patch. One was healthy enough to support a few Comma caterpillars a few years back so you never know. Hap...
by millerd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Topic: Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 147

Re: Pearl-bordered Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

My trip to Bentley Wood on 29th April came very soon after a couple of late sharp frosts which had noticeably damaged the new leaves on the oak trees in the Eastern clearing - which was a bit worrying. However, though the sun was a bit reluctant in appearing, in the end two PBF put in an appearance,...
by millerd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Purple Hairstreak
Topic: Purple Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 179

Re: Purple Hairstreak – Favourite Photo of 2017

Unfortunately I missed out on the open wing shots many others achieved - mostly by poor observation on my part, as on three separate occasions I disturbed individuals sunning themselves before I had noticed they were there. However, on an expedition to Bookham on 7th July aimed partly at this very b...
by millerd
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Purple Emperor
Topic: Purple Emperor – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: Purple Emperor – Favourite Photo of 2017

Their early arrival this year meant I had booked the wrong days off work for seeing Purple Emperors. However, with retirement pending, I was on the receiving end of a bit of leeway from colleagues and managed a trip out on the 20th June and in beautiful weather. Down I went to Chiddingfold, meeting ...
by millerd
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Orange-tip
Topic: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 220

Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

So many to choose from a lovely species that just isn't around for long enough. However, the undersides always provide good opportunities, and it can be magical to walk along a sheltered path at dusk in the springtime spotting roosting Orange Tips dotted around the garlic mustard and cow parsley flo...
by millerd
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Painted Lady
Topic: Painted Lady – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 142

Re: Painted Lady – Favourite Photo of 2017

Yorkshire again proved a fruitful location for this species, which I otherwise saw only as singletons in various places. Two were flying together up on the Wolds Way near Huggate on 5th August, of which this is one. PL1 050817.JPG On 5th October, in among the numerous Red Admirals, I found the last ...
by millerd
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Peacock
Topic: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: Peacock – Favourite Photo of 2017

The best showing of this species was in my sister's Yorkshire garden back in early August. Over 20 were routinely seen each day I was there, with some beauties amongst them. Peacock7 040817.JPG Peacock14 040817.JPG Peacock12 060817.JPG On my local patch, there were a few very late in the season, poi...
by millerd
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas Greetings 2017 !!
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: Christmas Greetings 2017 !!

And best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to everyone from me too. :D
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Dave
by millerd
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3199
Views: 151793

Re: Wurzel

Gloriously fresh female Adonis, Wurzel. I seemed to miss out on the best of the females this year, so that more than makes up for it. :) That female Common Blue is a bit special too! :)

Dave
by millerd
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Meadow Brown
Topic: Meadow Brown – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 135

Re: Meadow Brown – Favourite Photo of 2017

An extraordinarily long flight period for a single-brooded species. My first ones locally appeared on 2nd June, and unusually among the lovely velvety males there was at least one female. They generally appear a week or so later. The first male has the two prominent hindwing eyespots referred to abo...

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