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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:07 pm

Another splendid set of Walls, Trevor - it must be worth another trip if the wind eases off, but unfortunately it may actually get worse for a few days. Your Wiltshire selection look familiar - it's moving towards the time when that's all we'll have left to look at... :( :)

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:38 pm

Really nice dark final Comma Trevor, lovely markings :D It seems that the end of the season is fast approaching and it could be early doors this year :? fingers crossed for a final summer flourish :)

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:19 am

That last Comma is noticeably different, Trevor, particularly around the margins of the hindwing. Nice find!

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:50 pm

Many thanks Dave, David m, & Wurzel.

A visit to the grounds of St. Peters church, Great Cheverell, found at least six fresh Commas
and two Red Admirals, indulging on over ripe Blackberries.

Once again no Wall Browns appeared to be present.

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:10 pm

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It is easy to forget, that you have your back to this view when searching for Wall Browns.
At High and Over this morning, there was a strong breeze blowing from the west, and it was chilly.
The walk from the car park, was uncomfortable to say the least.
I met a Lady walking back to her car, and seeing my camera, she said that she had seen one Wall Brown
in the meadow beyond the steps.
This was my destination. Once again the hedge along the meadow provided almost total protection
from the cold wind, and the weak sun, poking through the high cloud, began to warm the site.
It soon became clear that the third brood of Walls this year, is at least as good as 2016.
I managed to photograph a total of eight males, minor nicks ( or the lack of them ) aided identification.
Unfortunately no females appeared, despite watching patrolling males to see if they could send one up.

A brilliant morning.
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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:44 pm

Another splendid selection of male Walls, Trevor - it's amazing that such an exposed spot can provide such a good bit of shelter for them. :) They certainly take advantage of it. I wonder where all the females have gone since that one we saw last week?

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:59 pm

Cracking set of Walls Trevor, especially the fourth from the end - he really stands out almost as if someone's gone round the brown background colour with an outlining pencil :D :mrgreen:

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:38 pm

Well done, Trevor. In many ways, these 'borderline' times of the year when weather conditions are often marginal see butterflies retreat to their most favoured, sheltered areas, making their presence there more predictable.

That said, seeing any Wall Browns these days is notable, so you can be proud of your efforts!

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:28 pm

Many thanks for your comments everyone.
Another visit to High and Over early this morning was not so much for the third brood Walls,
but to see some of the other species noted yesterday.
I used my close up lens for all of yesterdays images, which meant that some of the other species
seen would have been out of reach for photography. As it takes too many seconds to remove
the lens and re-programme the camera ( giving the intended subject time to escape ) I decided
not to use it today, allowing a better chance with some of the more distant subjects.
It was a treat to find some very fresh Red Admirals, several Peacocks, and best of all a
brand new Large White with wings open.
Of course I could not completely ignore the Wall Browns, especially one resting on a Bindweed flower.
Other species seen, a solitary Small Copper, and a Small Heath.

Another superb morning.
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Re: Trevor

Postby Allan.W. » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:48 pm

Great Wall shots Trevor ! just noticed your last Peacock shot is similar to the couple I,ve posted from this afternoon .showing the extra small blue spot . I visited Steyning and managed to find a single Brown Hair,so well pleased !!
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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:54 pm

A bright sunny, but very cool morning ensured a fairly late start, and a visit to a local site,
the Downs above Willingdon, on the outskirts of Eastbourne.
Only a few Butterflies were seen, these included two fresh Common Blues, and two
very fresh Peacocks. A few Meadow Browns were still hanging on.

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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:00 pm

The sudden flush of Peacocks (which I've seen too) in indifferent weather some time after their main emergence in July seems to point to a second brood - what do you think? The Walls do seem to be doing well (nice shots of them too! :) ) Ask them to hang on for a few more days, please! :wink:

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:39 pm

The Peacocks have yet reach a second brood over this way Trevor - it's Red Admirals all over the place though :D Interesting to see such a fresh Common Blue in amongst all those Walls :D :mrgreen:

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:41 pm

Amazing to see such fresh Common Blues at this time of year, Trevor.

You are definitely living in a good spot for butterflies.

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:59 pm

Many thanks for the comments Chaps.

I did not choose where I live for Butterflies David, but I could not have done better if I had !
It really is a brilliant area, with many different habitats nearby.

For today it was yet another trip to High and Over, and the sun trap hedge in the meadow.
This site produced two nice surprises this morning, a very fresh and placid Painted Lady and,
in the meadow a fresh male Common Blue.
The only Butterflies that were fewer in number than previous visits were ' the Whites '.
The male Wall Browns are still doing fine !.

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Re: Trevor

Postby bugboy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:18 pm

Those Walls are doing exceptionally well there, if I get up early enough tomorrow I may well venture that far myself :)
Some addictions are good for the soul!

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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:23 pm

Keep those Walls going, Trevor - I also hope to get down there later this week. That's a good selection of other species as well. I wonder if the Painted Lady is on its way south?

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:47 pm

Buggy and Dave, I took a Wall image today, just one, would you like to see it.

For a change of scene, I drove over to Mill Hill in West Sussex, principally for Clouded Yellows, this morning.
Unfortunately I came home with the booby prize. Of the five CL's seen four were fresh, and one was beyond
tatty, almost derelict. You will see the one I got !.
Talking of tatty, the big surprise of the day was a female Brown Hairsrtreak who was doing her best to find
a suitable place to egg lay. She twice came down to the ground to bask.
Several fresh Small Coppers were spread over the slopes, including a ' blue badge '.
The real treat for me was locating a beautiful ' blue ' female Common Blue, fresh and very finely marked.
Male Common Blues varied from tatty to fresh third brood, with quite a number seen.
Even the few Meadow Browns around were in good condition.

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This Brown Argus was the smallest Butterfly I have ever seen.
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Of course the day would not be complete without a Wall!.
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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:49 pm

That female Common Blue is an absolute cracker, Trevor. The Wall is none to shabby, either... :) The Brown Hairstreak must have come as a bit of a surprise, though - it's getting quite late for them and I'd forgotten they popped up at Mill Hill at all. Bad luck with getting only the ghost of a Clouded Yellow - it's astonishing it could fly at all, though they do seem quite resilient and must fly a long way in their lifetimes (they certainly don't settle much when the sun's out! :) ).

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:23 pm

I wouldn't complain too much about that tatty Clouded Yellow, Trevor. You've seen a notable range of species for a late September day and your female Common Blue is probably the pick...although a Brown Hairstreak at any time is highly desirable!


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