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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:24 pm

Provence, July 2015:

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Silver-washed Fritillary

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Great Sooty Satyr

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Blue-spot Hairstreak

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Dusky Heath

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Scarce Swallowtail disturbed by Marbled Fritillary

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Southern White Admiral

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:29 pm

Aah! Dusky Heath. In spite of my frequent trips to France I've only ever seen one, which is a shame as it is a lovely insect.

Nice open-winged Great Sooty Satyr too!

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:38 pm

Both lovely butterflies - the Dusky Heath has to be my favourite in the genus. It is reasonably widespread in the area I visit, in barren scrubby/rocky places, although I don't remember ever seeing more than one at once. Great Sooty Satyr is a butterfly of considerable character, but not very prone to sitting still. If I remember rightly, the one I photographed here was being bothered by a hairstreak at the time - they do not normally have their wings open when nectaring.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Wurzel » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:06 pm

Lovely shots Matsukaze, I really like the habitat shows as well :D

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Return of the Living Bumblebee!

Postby Matsukaze » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:45 pm

It's that time of year again - the fluffy foragers are back!

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby trevor » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:04 am

Iv'e also seen some ' fluffy foragers ' this year, but no Butterflies so far.
If the weather forecasters are right I think I can forget a February sighting this year.
Anyway your lovely images can be looked upon as a foretaste of Spring.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Wurzel » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:31 pm

That's a brill sight to see Matsukaze - I reckon I can see 4 definite species there and possibly a fifth? :D

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:21 am

Snow here so no more bumblebees and no butterflies either!

Wurzel, six species in all, though the last one hardly lends itself to identification! The bumblebee was so intent on nectaring that it knocked the flower-head off its stalk and swung there, dangling from the flower above, for quite a while before rebalancing itself and climbing up - I have a sequence of photos which I should post up at some point.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Wurzel » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:33 pm

Yep see you what you mean now, I'm very rusty on my bees :oops:

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:01 pm

The first butterflies of 2016 today - two male Brimstones patrolling the hedgerows at Kilmersdon cutting today. They flew past each other but either did not see each other or were not interested in chasing the other off. The same could not be said of the 3-5 male Yellowhammers I saw a few minutes later, making a racket, chasing and fighting in the hedgerow. It is always a pleasure to see these birds, with their heads looking like they have been dipped in a tin of paint, and they seem to do well in this area.

Bumblebees are making use of the winter-flowering heather in the garden in increasing numbers; this B. terrestris queen as an example:

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A nearby wall catches the early evening sun, and at least seven bumblebees were making use of it to warm themselves up. Here are some of them:

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These two did not seem to mind being right next to each other:

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The first B. lapidarius queen of the year was also enjoying the wall:

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Butterflies bask there as well - Small Tortoiseshell and, at the end of the year, Red Admiral - but none yet this year.

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Moths

Postby Matsukaze » Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:23 pm

There may be few butterflies about but there are plenty of moths in the woods at the moment.
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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:25 pm

This is the tortrix moth Endothenia gentianaeana. The caterpillars overwinter in teasel seed-heads, in which they pupate, and they can easily be found by collecting the seedheads in late winter and early spring, like I did to find this one. Although only 9 mm long, they must be great travellers as they seem to have no difficulty colonising even isolated patches of teasel.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:06 pm

Orange-tip larvae...

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:47 pm

Exmoor, July 2016 - not so good for butterflies, but some fine bird and dragonfly life.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:59 pm

A sunny day has brought the butterflies into the garden - whites, plenty of gatekeepers and a painted lady. The patch of small scabious I planted out a couple of years ago is proving especially attractive to them.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:16 pm

Just emerged - male November Moth (agg.), from caterpillar accidentally collected with fallen elm seeds back in late May.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:15 pm

I planted a number of buckthorn saplings in my in-laws' Oxfordshire garden a few years back, partly in the hope of attracting Brimstones. The butterflies have not yet bred on them to my knowledge, but this weekend I was delighted to find they had been colonised by the leaf-mining micro-moth Stigmella catharticella - a moth I have never come across before and which makes one of the most attractive of leaf-mines.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:17 pm

Where do you get these buckthorn saplings from? I'd love to plant a few around my estate but can't seem to find them for sale anywhere.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:09 pm

Hi David - it was a few years ago now and I don't recall exactly who we bought the shrubs from, but it was done online from one of the foodplant suppliers that used to be listed on the website. Habitat Aid do them, and so do Chew Valley Trees. I imagine there are a few other suppliers as well.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:00 pm

Matsukaze wrote:Hi David - it was a few years ago now and I don't recall exactly who we bought the shrubs from, but it was done online from one of the foodplant suppliers that used to be listed on the website. Habitat Aid do them, and so do Chew Valley Trees. I imagine there are a few other suppliers as well.


Thanks for that, Matsukaze. I will look into it.


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