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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:11 am

Old Wood Skellingthorpe- Similar UK Woodland Sites
"I think that when Butterfly Conservation are considering purchasing strips of land along woodland edges bordered by arable crops for the benefit of Wildlife within that wood, one also needs to consider maintaining a certain width of land (weeded as fallow) so that there is a reduction in "weeds" being spread back into the remaining arable field after private land purchases"
What might need to be negotiated is:
How broad these widths need to be (or should be) in relation to site specific requirements, not forgetting that a thistle seed on or near the top of a hill can travel "miles on a windy day" :wink:
#WildlifeTrust #ForestryCommission

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Postby PhilBWright » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:42 am

David M wrote:More great footage, Phil. I have seen Tortoiseshells interact frequently with Peacocks and have come to the conclusion that the pheromones between the two species are rather similar, hence the persistence!


Thanks David,
I have seen similar interactions in flight with Commas, Red Admirals and White Admirals when they don't seem to be duelling (or duelling). I am hoping to present some White Admirals behaving territorially. As with other UK species, the "lekking territory" is weather dependant and usually takes place in the extreme, towards the end hot day with "wall to wall sunshine" (if you have those walls in your garden) :wink:

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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:22 am

The Purple Emperor has had a very early flight season this year so if you have had one of those holidays pre-booked and are disappointed by not seeing one, then why not do some more research?
i have started re-making a video originally made in 2014-2015, removing some "special effects" and with a voice-over that more fully explains my understanding of this butterfly (which is site specific). Please make sure the volume is on and turned to an appropriate level for you to hear. Constructive criticism given in feedback to myself is very welcome as it can help my understanding as well as yours.

https://youtu.be/UJu8BejHorY

Kind Regards.

"One for all who care and all who care for more who care"
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Postby PhilBWright » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:30 am

PhilBWright wrote:The Purple Emperor has had a very early flight season this year so if you have had one of those holidays pre-booked and are disappointed by not seeing one, then why not do some more research?
i have started re-making a video originally made in 2014-2015, removing some "special effects" and with a voice-over that more fully explains my understanding of this butterfly (which is site specific). Please make sure the volume is on and turned to an appropriate level for you to hear. Constructive criticism given in feedback to myself is very welcome as it can help my understanding as well as yours.

https://youtu.be/UJu8BejHorY

Kind Regards.

"One for all who care and all who care for more who care"


"A problem with my scientific understanding occurred when a chap who found "The Hill Farm Territory" and co-author of a Surrey Book was quoted the need for keeping the Turkey Oaks on the Commons (many of which are found near the highest point on the Commons)"

This is what The National Trust have said:

“Turn left before the wood edge and go up Broadway. This leads to the Mark Oak 'master tree' on the left, just before the ride junction at the top. Purple emperors fly around the tall turkey oaks here but can be difficult to spot. Patience is needed....

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bookha ... erfly-walk

Me- "If one studies the O.S. map provided, The Hill Farm Territory (Hill Farm is obscured by No.6) looks to be a local high point approximately 50-55m high at ground level with the highest point on the Commons (obscured by No.5 on the map) appearing to be at approximately 71m near the Mark Oak Car Park".

"Master trees" - National Trust & possibly "Butterflies of Surrey, revisited"
"In the 1970s, two purple emperor 'master tree' situations were discovered at Bookham Commons. These are special groves, usually oaks and the tallest trees in a wood where males fight to protect their territory, and females come to mate".
"Spend some time at the Hill Farm territory and at the second 'master tree' (a hornbeam) located on the north side of the path on the summit, just south of the farm"

Me-
"I am not sure how much willow was located very near the Hill Farm Territory in the 1970s, but there was plenty of willow near the top of the hill very, very near "the Mark Oak Territory" in 2015.
I remember the "good old days" when observers stood at the "Hill Farm Territory" having not seen anything for a long time, then Rob Hill would turn up like "Gandalf" (not dressed like him) and a Purple Emperor would then appear in the Canopy almost immediately just before or just after 12:30pm (weather dependent).
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Postby PhilBWright » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:11 am

Melissa & I arrived in the Klarälven Valley, Hagfors district, Värmland, Sweden
for the first time on 19th July 2017 knowing very little Swedish but with help from my Swedish friends, Auntie and Cousins.
20th July 2017
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"This species of Burnet Moth looked familiar"

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"Looked like a female UK Small Peal Bordered Fritillary but with larger darker patches on it's wings."

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"A Scarce Copper - (Thanks for the ID, Guy)"

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"Looked similar to the UK species of Meadow Brown"
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'Looked Similar to a UK Ringlet Species'

Please see link below:
https://youtu.be/4flWC7_TbGU
"These Swedish Damselflies look similar and act similar to our United Kingdom species:
Calopteryx splendens (Banded demoiselle).
The Nurphar water lily looked similar (or the same as) a Nurphar species found in The River Thames.

Swedish Butterfly species and variants that were unknown by me (23rd July).

Recently Colonised, Natives
Adventives, Migrants, Residents (protected by law), unprotected Residents & Vagrants".

Pieridae (Whites & Yellows)

"Green-veined White"
Summer Brood - Noted
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:59 pm

Klarälven Valley, Hagfors District Värmland, Sweden
19th July -6th August 2017
Local Habitat photos:

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"Grass Verge including clover beside arable field"
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"Pine Cones & Fruiting Blueberry Plants"
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"Grass bank with some Willow"
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"Wild Flower Meadow (Silver Birch in background)."
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"Loopins going to seed in Wild Flower Meadow. Aspen (poplar type) in background
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"Red currents & Wild Raspberry Surplus"

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"Four Scarce Coppers and a Ringlet" (thanks Guy).


Sent from my iPhone
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:04 am

Sweden

"According to online research, Sweden boasts 120 species of butterfly (approx. twice as many as in the U.K.). This is my first visit. One week later:
1 hour ahead of BST.
25th July Sunrise 04:37, sunset 21:47 (depending on where ones horizon is). The last week has been generally sunny during the day with micro -climate highs (in the sun) between approx. 18c and 28c. Nippy in the early morning without a morning cloak.
Not found a butterfly guide in a local shop.
Here are some familiar looking species, many were fresh like the English Brown Hairstreak:"
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"A species that is a male blue"

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"A species that looks like a pale clouded yellow"

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"A species that is a Ringlet"

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"A species that is a Green-veined White"
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"A species that was common in the last week"
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"A species that is a Small Tortoiseshell"

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"A species of grass (that was in focus)"


"Sent from my iPhone

(which is possibly expensive uploading pics when not on wifi)"
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"A species that is a blue"
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:48 am

Facebook Cover Photo
Aspect Ratio:
2701 X 1000 is quite a good size for me without dragging photo to adjust image too much.
Be careful not to inadvertently hide detail one wants to display, behind automatic text and profile picture for personal computer and mobile phone app.
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2701 X 1000 Today, my Aspect Ratio for Facebook Cover Photo

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Re: PhilBWright

Postby Wurzel » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:01 pm

Interesting place to visit Phil looks like an interesting range of species as well, looking forward to some more reports (if you can get cheap WiFi) :D

Have a goodun

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Re: PhilBWright

Postby Padfield » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:10 pm

What a lovely place to be.

Your unnamed butterflies are silver-studded blue, moorland clouded yellow, scarce copper, lesser marbled fritillary (I think - but the grass is definitely grass) and probably a female silver-studded blue.

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Re: PhilBWright

Postby David M » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:30 pm

Nice to see an unusual European destination, Phil. More images please!

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Postby PhilBWright » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:35 pm

Thanks for the comments. I arrived in Sweden on 19th July, I am home from home, neither home sick or sick of home.
After living in the UK for nearly half a century and not seen wild red squirrels ("apart from too many times on country file"), on 22nd July, my hand was causing some camera shake while zooming.
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22nd July, Värmland, Sweden

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iPhone 6SPlus with monopod

"Most Selfie sticks are about 1m long and many when used as a monopod, over-twist with a large heavy protective case plus phone.
The monopod shown here has a detachable Bluetooth release that is said to work up to 10m away.
On a SSSI when one is told to keep to the mown paths, a longer device has been known to be used to assist with observations.
The length of a pole up to 10m long might be restricted by ones ability to see a screen that is not also remote. As surveyors read this from specialised companies who want to push boundaries, I would recommend a remote screen and a wire or wires running down the middle of an adapted 'Fisherman's Roach Pole" with a small camera attachment on the end with a lens approximately the size of what one might see on their "laptop web camera". Please don't go near overhead power lines with a long "carbon fibre type pole" (please see my picture).
Kind Regards.
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31st July Klarälven River, Hagfors District
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:13 pm

Different Size Pictures:
When sending photos by email an Apple Inc. phone offers to send pictures at different sizes when not using mail drop.
Small
Medium
Large or
Actual Size
I think it might be a help to U.K. Butterflies if there was automatic options for picture sizes uploaded.

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"Looks a bit like a Small Skipper. 40% Actual Size"
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"White Spotted Gold Wing (Swedish Translation, Danish Root)"
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"WSGW or Scarce Copper (which was scarce at one time for an Englishman)".

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"A fresh looking Ground Flora leaf size comparison. 30% Actual Size"


Some larger "broadleaf species" not seen by my Wife & I include "Poplar (Aspen) Admiral" & "Camberwell (Willow) Beauties". Wild Mountain Ash, Alder & "pioneer silver birch" proliferate in valleys near watercourses. It was fun not to have a knowledgeable tour guide to take one straight there"

"I am trying not to "digitally zoom crop" too much and am experimenting to reduce phone case cover reflective glare. (For a novice, as a butterfly sits with its wings open towards the sun, sunlight often directly hits the viewing screens casing and can make viewing a subjects image on screen, very difficult
With Apple Inc.

Philip
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:57 am

Padfield wrote:What a lovely place to be.

Your unnamed butterflies are silver-studded blue, moorland clouded yellow, scarce copper, lesser marbled fritillary (I think - but the grass is definitely grass) and probably a female silver-studded blue.

Guy


Much appreciated, Guy
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"A smaller blue butterfly - Wild Blueberry size comparison"

"On spaced Pineland Edge. Heather (full sun- Sandy soil)
Blueberry (Greener and fruits better in partial shade)."

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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:55 am

Klarälven Valley, Hagfors district, Värmland, Sweden

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"Looks a bit like a pale, female, Dark Green Fritillary" Klarälven Valley. 3rd August 2017

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"Melissa looking at an unidentified caterpillar"
Klarälven Valley. 3rd August 2017



Kind regards,
Philip
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:24 am

Padfield wrote:What a lovely place to be.

Your unnamed butterflies are silver-studded blue, moorland clouded yellow, scarce copper, lesser marbled fritillary (I think - but the grass is definitely grass) and probably a female silver-studded blue.

Guy


"The Silver Studded Blue was re-introduced to that habitat rich area of Fairmile Common in Surrey near to where I once lived. But having found the Green Hairstreak on the other side of the A3, I stopped and never positively identified a Silver Studded Blue there. I might have seen them in my childhood distant past in the UK,
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‘Silver Study’

‘I don’t know what species of ant the caterpillars depend on locally in Sweden’
Kind Regards,
Philip"
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:27 pm

The Silver Washed Fritillary (SWF)
Värmland, Sweden sits at the approximate latitude to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland where the SWF is prolific and single brooded (as in the UK). I think that a more detailed study of this butterfly here could reveal much more as to why it does not occur (or could occur) in large parts of Scotland. The UKB 2009 distribution map (as I understand it) shows the SWF not occurring any further North than Northern Ireland (In the UK).
Also, I think many fritillary species flew freely across the Swedish landscape (where I was), much as they once did in the UK before their general decline so studying them in the Swedish environment remains a good opportunity to learn more.

Slow motion of SWF interactions with local habitat and other butterflies, Värmland, Klarälven Valley, Sweden
I think this kind of Survey is important for others with an above specific interest.
I have other Swedish slow motion video clips to pass through my editing process before they are in a state where i really want to present them publically (please watch this space) :

After seeing an SWF fly by on several occasions but only being able to possibly identify it from other unknown fritillaries due to it's size, I finally got a distant picture of one that Neil Hulme kindly, positively confirmed it to be an SWF.
30th July:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-sHy2m1i44
Here is a video clip of slow motion flight interaction between male and female Silver washed Fritillary taken on 4th August in Värmland, Sweden.
https://youtu.be/ENTxBt5x4mc
5th August 2017
Just after 4pm - It has suddenly got cloudy. A male Silver Washed Fritillary shakes it's wings to warm up before roosting in a tree Canopy.
https://youtu.be/fGxgk0KMZCo


Kind Regards,

Philip
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:06 am

Gardening & The Large Cabbage White 14th August
This is a nice video from Matthew Oates and The National Trust:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L84gcJI ... r_embedded
"Mow a little bit often throughout the year"
"Many special reserves are now fenced with "Stock proof fences" or "Deer Fences (which are higher)" for different grazing management plans to suit different species.
On "open" grassland, some areas can be marked for different seasonal mowing times to benefit a wider variety (or diversity) of species. If grass contains spring bulbs such as daffodils & tulips, it was thought that the mowing was best left until July to let the goodness from the leaves re-enter the bulb in early summer"

14th August 2017
https://youtu.be/5K41I6ca7lw ( my unlisted video clip)
And then I had more time to produce this one (15th November):
https://youtu.be/6BQmdSAoBr4
Regarding the male Brimstone, I have assumed that butter was originally more of a golden yellow colour, rather than paler, more healthy similar spreads found today (please see above video).
#Buttercup #Butterfly
20th August Lincoln
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Meadow Brown "Hanger on"

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Gate Keeper (Hedge Brown) "Hanger On"
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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:04 am

"I have still not found that illusive "Mega Brown" which is able to over-winter in all of it's four metamorphotic states within it's complete metamorphosis" :D

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Re: PhilBWright

Postby PhilBWright » Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:23 am

"Happy All saints Day" (particularly to my American friends approximately 6 hours behind).

'I have been introducing some more pictures and videos to my July Swedish Butterfly & Conservation Survey with some appropriate edits'


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