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by millerd
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3173
Views: 150114

Re: Wurzel

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.

Dave
by millerd
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Marsh Fritillary
Topic: Marsh Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: Marsh Fritillary – Favourite Photo of 2017

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
by millerd
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Marbled White
Topic: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 109

Re: Marbled White – Favourite Photo of 2017

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...
by millerd
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Lulworth Skipper
Topic: Lulworth Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Lulworth Skipper – Favourite Photo of 2017

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).
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It all seems a world away from today's snowy cold and wet.

Dave
by millerd
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Large White
Topic: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 180

Re: Large White - Favourite Photo of 2017

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...
by millerd
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Large Skipper
Topic: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 120

Re: Large Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017

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...
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Dave
by millerd
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 2074
Views: 41579

Re: millerd

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...
by millerd
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Unusual colouration Maniola jurtina

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).
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Definitely a sheen, not blue scales.

Dave
by millerd
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Holly Blue
Topic: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 175

Re: Holly Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

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 ...
by millerd
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Large Blue
Topic: Large Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Large Blue - Favourite Photo of 2017

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...
by millerd
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3173
Views: 150114

Re: Wurzel

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? ...
by millerd
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: David M
Replies: 489
Views: 40380

Re: David M

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.

Dave
by millerd
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter social 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 1227

Re: Winter social 2017

Yes, a most enjoyable afternoon. Great to see all of you again! :D

Dave
by millerd
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bugboys mission
Replies: 1529
Views: 36033

Re: Bugboys mission

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. :mrgreen: Hard to follow, really. :wink: :)

Dave
by millerd
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1713
Views: 37722

Re: Trevor

Very late Brimstones, Trevor. :mrgreen: You were lucky with the sunshine - barely a second of it here today. Keep up the good work in the woods! :)

Dave
by millerd
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3173
Views: 150114

Re: Wurzel

Making the most of the opportunities, Wurzel - finding the SWF was a real bonus. I love the swallow shot - perfect reflection in the water... :)

Dave
by millerd
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Green-veined White
Topic: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 13
Views: 234

Re: Green-veined White - Favourite Photo of 2017

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...
by millerd
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Grizzled Skipper
Topic: Grizzled Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 150

Re: Grizzled Skipper - Favourite Photo of 2017

A couple of favourites, both from Denbies. The first is a classic pose (22nd April).
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The second is a shot I've long sought after: a Grizzly and a Dingy on the same flower (6th May).
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Dave
by millerd
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: millerd
Replies: 2074
Views: 41579

Re: millerd

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...
by millerd
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: November 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 1582

Re: November 2017

That's a staggering number of eggs, Vince (probably for any time of year, let alone November...).

Dave

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