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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Maximus » Fri May 23, 2014 5:14 pm

Great photos of the Cryptic Wood Whites Pete and that last Green-veined White is a real stunner.

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Sun May 25, 2014 9:31 pm

Thanks David & Mike!

Influx of Migrants?

There have been quite a few reports this week of both Red Admiral and Painted Lady heading our way. I thought nothing of this until I visited Greenham Common and, surprise surprise, 2 Red Admiral were flying around a bed of nettles ovipositing! To say I was shocked was an understatement, since these are the first Red Admirals I've seen for some time!

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Red Admiral ovum


Back at home, some of the Silver-studded Blue pupae are colouring up - a little earlier than their wild cousins. The reason for mentioning this is that I've seen quite a few pupae in my time, but none has ever shown the adult so clearly within the pupa prior to emergence. Here's a male that will emerge tomorrow morning - you can make out every single detail , including the scales on the wings, the antennae and its brown tips, the legs, the eyes, the proboscis, the hairs on the body, etc.. Just amazing!

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Silver-studded Blue pupa (male)


Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Wurzel » Sun May 25, 2014 9:37 pm

That is a stunning image Pete, it's like looking at a plastic prepackaged butterfly, I was even looking for the bar code :shock: :D

Have a goodun

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Lee Hurrell » Sun May 25, 2014 9:53 pm

Wow! What a beautiful picture. Lovely stuff, Pete. I'm very much looking forward to seeing his wild cousins very soon.

Had my first Painted Lady of the year today.

Best wishes,

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Sun May 25, 2014 10:28 pm

Wurzel wrote:That is a stunning image Pete, it's like looking at a plastic prepackaged butterfly, I was even looking for the bar code :shock: :D


Thanks Wurzel! He does indeed look like a vacuum-packed "butterfly in a bag"!

Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Jack Harrison » Mon May 26, 2014 9:04 am

Nothing new I can add to the other comments. Stunning picture. Look forward to seeing him when "unpacked".

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu May 29, 2014 7:13 pm

Thanks all - and to conclude the story - here's the very man :)

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Feeling rather grot at the mo - but will post my latest forays in the next 10 mins :)

Cheers,

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu May 29, 2014 7:23 pm

Oop North

Actually, the Loch Creran area in Scotland, including Glasdrum Wood - the weather being surprisingly cooperative. More Chequered Skipper than I've ever seen before - including several females and a mating pair (the highlight of the trip!). Lots of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary flying too and several Green-veined White ssp. thomsoni (record shots only!). Having learned my lesson in previous years, I was armed with wellies, and they were absolutely essential, with large amounts of the site very waterlogged. While at Glasdrum Wood, I also bumped into Iolo Williams (filming for Springwatch) and his crew, and helped them track down a skipper or two. I may even get my face, made for radio, on the telly :)

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Chequered Skipper (male)

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Chequered Skipper (male)

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Chequered Skipper (female)

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Chequered Skipper (female)

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Chequered Skipper (female)

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Chequered Skipper (female)

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Chequered Skipper (male on right)

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Chequered Skipper (male on right)

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Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (male)

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Glasdrum Wood marketing shot :)

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Iolo Williams (on the left) - lovely chap!


Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Susie » Thu May 29, 2014 7:31 pm

Great stuff. Pete :)

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Postby andy brown » Thu May 29, 2014 7:35 pm

I must concur great pictures Pete

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Padfield » Thu May 29, 2014 8:02 pm

Amazing pictures, Pete! I especially love the chequered skipper with the small pearl-bordered fritillary, though as other have said, that vacuum-packed silver-stud is extraordinary.
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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Neil Hulme » Thu May 29, 2014 8:32 pm

Superb stuff. The Chequered Skipper and SPBF shot is an epic. I'm getting itchy feet again!
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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Neil Freeman » Thu May 29, 2014 8:45 pm

Great report and beautiful photos :D, especially the Chequered Skipper and SPBF pair :D

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Lee Hurrell » Thu May 29, 2014 9:01 pm

Stunning Pete! The SPBF and CS pair is a fantastic shot! :D

I'm a fan of Iolo Williams, he seems like a lovely chap on the TV. His passion for wildlife shines through his reports.

Best wishes,

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Vince Massimo » Thu May 29, 2014 9:24 pm

Fabulous images, but the best of the bunch is in no doubt (and unique) :)
Also a very striking colour contrast in the uppersides of the mating pair which I had not observed before.

Brilliant stuff!

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby David M » Thu May 29, 2014 9:56 pm

That's surely the first ever image of SPBF and Chequered Skipper in the frame simultaneously!!

I searched for mating pairs myself but didn't get lucky so well done Pete. I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I did.

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby IAC » Fri May 30, 2014 12:16 am

Ridiculous Pete...just totally ridiculous!! I was quite contented with how my butterfly season was going until now. What you have done here ought to be illegal....The Small Pearl and McSkipper...thats just better than classic. You southerners need to be stopped at the border. :wink:


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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Pauline » Fri May 30, 2014 4:45 am

The standard on this site just keeps going up and up. Superb shots of the mating pair and your 'marketing' photo must be unique as I doubt anyone else has one like that :mrgreen:

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Trev Sawyer » Fri May 30, 2014 7:48 am

Fantastic stuff Pete - you really are on a mission this year.

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Re: Pete Eeles

Postby Wurzel » Fri May 30, 2014 8:40 am

Fantastic stuff Pete, those Chequered Skippers are delightful to behold :D I might even watch Springwatch now - just in case "our Pete gets on t'telly" :wink:

Have a goodun

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