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Re: Matsukaze

Postby peterc » Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:54 pm

David,

I ordered a buckthorn sapling from https://3fatpigs.co.uk/ (Beechwood Nurseries) in 2014 so you could try them as well.

ATB

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:36 pm

16 species of butterfly in a couple of days last week in Malaga province, southern Spain, not all yet identified and some never will be - Geranium Bronze, Holly Blue, Large White, Small White, Brimstone/Cleopatra (female flying by at speed), Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Wall (in good numbers), Black-eyed Blue (single male patrolling a thorny bank with considerable vigour and persistence), Clouded Yellow, Scarce Swallowtail feisthameli, Green-striped White, Dappled(?) White (impersonating the previous species), unidentifiable small blue, Spanish Festoon (unexpected fly-by whilst we were having coffee in a garden centre...), Red Admiral. Photos to follow.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:44 pm

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Moth with punk tendencies - can anyone provide an ID?


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Male Black-eyed Blue


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Green-striped White


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Dappled White - presumably crameri, not tages


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feisthameli


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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Wurzel » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:17 pm

Interesting to see the Black-eyed Blue, that's not a species often mentioned :D :mrgreen:

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:27 am

Great to see the Black-eyed Blues, Matsukaze. A lovely species that I have only encountered once, in the Var in mid-April 2015.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Chris Jackson » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:00 am

The Western Dappled White (E. crameri) looks good to me, with the angled hindwing costa.
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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Mikhail » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:10 am

The pretty little moth appears to be Amephana aurita.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Padfield » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:25 pm

Are we going to see that unidentifiable little blue? :D

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:27 pm

Padfield wrote:Are we going to see that unidentifiable little blue?


Attention to detail as ever, Guy!

Yes, can we see the lycaenid in question, Matsukaze?

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:38 pm

No photo, so unfortunately not...it was perched behind this stuff, so I did not care to approach in any great hurry, and then it flew:

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Male celina would be a best guess. It certainly wasn't any of the other blue species I saw.

Thanks to everyone for the ID help!

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Mon May 22, 2017 9:48 pm

Freshly-emerged Lychnis moths. I collected the caterpillars from bladder campion seed-heads last summer and they emerged today. One has already flown...
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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Wurzel » Mon May 22, 2017 9:55 pm

Wonderfully cryptic markings on the moth Matsukaze :D Although I think I've been watching too much Mighty Boosch as I can see evil face of the Hitcher :shock: :lol:

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Mon May 22, 2017 10:10 pm

Fantastic camouflage, Matsukaze. Well done for rearing them to adulthood.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Tue May 23, 2017 8:49 pm

Thanks folks.

A bit of backstory here...there are a few related moths that feed on the seed-heads of various campions. Most use the various species of white campion, that are fast disappearing from Somerset, but this one extends its feeding range to red campion as well. In the summer of 2015 I collected several Lychnis caterpillars from the seed-heads of red campion and later, as an afterthought, some less-developed ones from the seed-heads of the only sizeable patch of bladder campion that persists locally (I was trying to see if Netted Pug still survived in the area - check out photos of it to understand why). The small bladder campion larvae pupated shortly after the red campion larvae but then emerged in the autumn, whereas the red campion larvae overwintered. At this point I thought I was on to something interesting - are the seeds of the white campions more nutritious, and is this why the Lychnis larvae that fed on them grew up faster and got in an extra generation, and why the other seed-head feeders are restricted to the white campions?

2016 didn't really bear this out, unfortunately, as there was no second generation at all - perhaps the earlier spring had something to do with that. After I had collected the first larva from the wild and it had eaten through the food in its seed-heads, I made the mistake of collecting a bunch more bladder campion seed pods from my garden to give it food to continue to grow. Another 11 caterpillars were inside...I ended up having to buy in seed to feed the caterpillars. I am glad they have started to emerge.

My garden is now full of assorted Caryophyllaceae, significant amounts unidentified and of alien origin. It will be interesting to see what the moths choose to lay their eggs on this summer...

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Lychnis larva in the wild, approaching full size, on seed-pod of red campion

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feeding up

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Emergency accommodation!

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:33 pm

A remarkably beautiful dragonfly - immature male Black-tailed Skimmer, this evening.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Wurzel » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:51 pm

A great find Matsukaze, a species I've yet to encounter :mrgreen: :D

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:58 pm

Some days you just get lucky. Freshly-emerged Hornet Moth just outside work in Bath today. I've known they were here since 2009, as they make distinctive emergence holes at the base of poplar trees, but this is the first time I've ever seen the adult.
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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:19 pm

What a beautiful insect, Matsukaze. Many thanks for sharing.

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby Matsukaze » Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:49 pm

A nice find...

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Re: Matsukaze

Postby David M » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:15 pm

Now you're talking! Butterflies and wine combined!

What could possibly be finer! :)


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