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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby David M » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:20 pm

Pete Eeles wrote: I want to "do this properly" and there are several gaps to close that will take a season (or two) to sort out.


You seem to have covered so much in the last two or three years, Pete. Which are the species you haven't yet covered satisfactorily?

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:59 pm

David M wrote:
Pete Eeles wrote: I want to "do this properly" and there are several gaps to close that will take a season (or two) to sort out.


You seem to have covered so much in the last two or three years, Pete. Which are the species you haven't yet covered satisfactorily?


Cryptic Wood White, Heath Fritillary, Mountain Ringlet, Painted Lady (!), Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Wood White.

Most of these are "simply" planning and effort. However, Mountain Ringlet and Painted Lady will, I think, be the most problematic since they're unpredictable. I know from personal experience just how challenging the former is, and the latter depends on the 2018 migration year. Also, this isn't just about sourcing images - it's about personal observations and photos that we often forget to take (at least I do!) of nectar sources, larval food plants and habitat.

Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby bugboy » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:06 pm

Pete Eeles wrote:
David M wrote:
Pete Eeles wrote: I want to "do this properly" and there are several gaps to close that will take a season (or two) to sort out.


You seem to have covered so much in the last two or three years, Pete. Which are the species you haven't yet covered satisfactorily?


Cryptic Wood White, Heath Fritillary, Mountain Ringlet, Painted Lady (!), Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Wood White....


- Pete


Alphabetical order, that's what I like to see, a man with a plan! :wink:
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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:07 pm

bugboy wrote:Alphabetical order, that's what I like to see, a man with a plan! :wink:


:lol: And spreadsheets galore :)

Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby David M » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:30 pm

Pete Eeles wrote:Cryptic Wood White, Heath Fritillary, Mountain Ringlet, Painted Lady (!), Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Wood White.


Thanks, Pete. I was surprised to see Painted Lady in your list but upon reflection can see why. I guess you're right about Mountain Ringlet being the trickiest to document though. Good luck with that one!

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Butterflysaurus rex » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:35 pm

I would love to see these amazing early stages published in a reference book Pete. Your photography is first class and gives such a fascinating insight into the life cycle of our resident butterflies. If it ever happens I'll be one of the first in line to purchase a copy. It's wonderful to see this here but I've always loved leafing through beautifully illustrated reference books.

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Katrina » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:35 pm

The Red Admiral pupa photo is beautiful, I must look out for those in the future!

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:11 pm

Thanks David / James / Katrina - and apologies for not acknowledging your replies sooner!

My PD is getting rather dusty but, as ever, there's always a lot going on behind the scenes (mainly writing a book!). Anyway, I managed to get to Pamber Forest today and found 6 Purple Hairstreak ova on a favoured tree, 2 of which were predated / parasitised. Some photos below. Now is probably the best time to look for PH ova since they'll still be relatively-white; with the passage of time, if they're not lost, they can become quite discoloured with all of the debris that flies through the air during a windy spell! If you know of a colony, then just look on branches of an oak at the edge of the woodland, that is south-facing, and that has plump oak buds.

2017-12-06-15.58.23 ZS DMap.jpg

2017-12-06-13.23.38 ZS PMax.jpg

2017-12-06-14.50.08 ZS PMax.jpg
Predated / parasitised


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- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Wurzel » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:20 pm

Fantastic shots Pete - even better when viewed enlarged :shock: :D In the 'parasitised' shot is the small object to the right of shot next to the egg the parasite/pradator - it looks vaguely like a bee/wasp or am I seeing things? :?

Have a goodun

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Postby Pete Eeles » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:31 pm

Thanks Wurzel!

I'm not sure what that critter to the right of the egg is. It was crawling around, and didn't emerge from the egg. Nature is just brilliant - always so much to learn!

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- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby bugboy » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:39 pm

Pete Eeles wrote:Thanks Wurzel!

I'm not sure what that critter to the right of the egg is. It was crawling around, and didn't emerge from the egg. Nature is just brilliant - always so much to learn!

Cheers,

- Pete


Could be a Psyllid Bug, they're normally found lurking and creeping around in nooks and crannies :)
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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby trevor » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:46 am

It was the Purple Hairstreak that allowed many of us the rare opportunity
of close up views and photo's of what is normally a very elusive Butterfly.
Finding them basking at ground level was one of the real highlights of 2017.

All the best,
Trevor.

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby David M » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:32 pm

Beautiful, detailed, close-up images there, Pete. There is so much stunning and intricate design in that part of nature that we can't properly see with the naked eye. Pictures like yours really bring it to life.


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