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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:00 am

Cracking Blue badger in amongst the the other butterflies - but with that brill Blue, Clouded Yellow and a Brown Hairstreak it almost got lost... :shock: :D I think you just edged the 'Battle of the Blues' Trevor due to the freshness of your example :wink:

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:09 pm

Having seen recent images of female Wall Browns from Mill Hill and High and Over
I thought I would try my luck, with a fantastic weather forecast for today.
On arrival at High and Over, I was soon amazed at the number of Walls active at
such an early hour.
Walking through the meadow, my attention was drawn to a Wall flying very clumsily,
with another in pursuit. They eventually landed in the wet grass ,and upon inspection
it became clear that I had seen a mating pair in flight with a second male trying to get
in on the act, he soon took the hint a left the coupled pair alone. After a few of shots
I too left them alone.
Later on, after failing to find a lone female, I went through the gate towards the steps,
and found a fresh female nectaring. Unfortunately she was not in a good position for a shot,
and my attempt to get closer sent her up, I saw her fly over into the meadow.
In the few seconds it took me to return to the meadow, a male had found her and they
had paired up, a second mating pair in less than two hours !.
This pair took several flights before finding a suitable bramble on which to complete
their act. Interestingly when both mating pairs took flight, it was the female that took the lead,
and the male was towed through the air with wings closed.
In all in excess of twenty males and four females were seen this morning.
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Re: Trevor

Postby bugboy » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:25 pm

Nice one Trevor. Both Bob and James said they didn't think the third brood had peaked yet and with females still emerging it looks like they are right!
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Re: Trevor

Postby essexbuzzard » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:45 pm

Wow, I'm well jealous. Not only of your fantastic Wall sightings and images, but also that you had today off! I will be checking some Essex Wall sites on Sunday, if the weather is suitable.

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:10 pm

Many thanks Paul and Mark.
Judging by the number of Wall Browns seen today their peak can't be far off.
The near perfect weather this morning was just right for Wall action.

If you fancy a trip down to Sussex, Mark, PM me for directions.
Strike while the iron's hot!.

Trevor.

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Re: Trevor

Postby Maximus » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:41 pm

Very nice photos of the Wall Browns, Trevor, especially the mating pairs, not that I'm :mrgreen: :wink:

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:22 pm

The weather this morning at High and Over, was in total contrast to that of yesterday.
A constant cool breeze was blowing in from the sea, accompanied by high cloud.
When the sun did manage to shine only a few Wall Browns took advantage of it.
Fortunately my quest to find some female Walls was partially satisfied, with two found,
although neither female landed in a good position for photography.

I will return !.
Trevor.
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Re: Trevor

Postby essexbuzzard » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:45 pm

Still a nice selection there, Trev. If I'm as successful as that in south Essex tomorrow, I'll be happy!

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:49 pm

You're certainly filling your boots/memory card with Walls this year Trevor :D :wink: After missing out on the females you made up for it recently along with a mating pair as well :mrgreen:

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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:20 pm

Another great selection of Walls, Trevor and much :mrgreen: indeed for the mating pairs. Excellent shots. :) This third brood seems very strong and hopefully is early enough to get the next generation well underway before winter closes in. It certainly wasn't a bit wintry down there today...

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:38 pm

Many thanks Mark. Wurzel & Dave,

This evening, as an experiment, I enlarged a section of a Wall Brown underwing.
The texture of the wing could suggest a piece of woven fabric, it's certainly intricate.
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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:38 pm

The markings are stunning on the underside of Walls when you get really close up :D The best one I've seen had the name 'Ed' in copperplate on it, at least that's what it looked like to me :? :wink:

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:40 pm

Great sightings of the mating pairs of Wall Browns, Trevor. You must have been delighted. Interesting that you noted the female took the lead in flight. That’s what I found in May when I observed a coupling pair. I often wonder whether this is species dependent, as in some butterflies, it is seemingly the male who carries the female.

As an aside, that last image of the Wall Brown underside in close up is exactly what you state – like woven fabric.

I’m sure there’s a niche in the market for anyone who can recreate the wonderful natural shades and patterns of a butterfly’s wings into a household product!

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Re: Trevor

Postby Goldie M » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:52 am

Hi! Trevor, great shot of the Graylings wing , I noticed that the shots before that one showed the Graylings to be more faded , we're getting to the end of the season now ,it's great your still finding them, none seen here at all. Goldie :D

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:56 pm

This morning we had wall to wall cloud and mirk, so I reluctantly had to postpone activities
until after lunch, only then did we get some hazy sun. I think today was the first time ever
that I have set out so late.
High and Over was my destination once again, and it turned out to be a worthwhile visit.
After only a few minutes I spotted some Wall Brown ' courtship ', not the usual male and male
spiralling dispute, but two Walls flying low and occasionally pausing for a sort of face off.
It was during one pause that I identified male and female. The last time they stopped they had coupled.
But I then lost this mating pair when they flew high over the hedge.
However I did manage several shots of a second mating pair, down in the grass.
There were still some fresh males to be seen, but not as many as last Friday.

Other species seen, one each of Common Blue, Red Admiral and Comma.
Then it was home before the rush hour.

Trevor.

PS. I wish that was a Grayling, Goldie, as I havn't seen one this year. It was a Wall Brown.
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A reasonable solo female, at last.
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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:48 pm

trevor wrote:This morning we had wall to wall cloud....


Is that a deliberate pun, Trevor, given the numbers of megera you saw? :)

Good to see more mating pairs. One can only hope that the larvae can feed up and successfully overwinter.

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:46 pm

Those Walls just keep on coming Trevor :D :mrgreen: Great looking Red Admiral as well, the blue on the hind wing seems to carry on right up towards the abdomen, they are spectacular when fresh :D :mrgreen:

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Re: Trevor

Postby Goldie M » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:45 pm

WOOP's! :oops: But it down to an age thing Trevor :lol: Goldie :D

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Re: Trevor

Postby bugboy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:14 pm

David M wrote:
trevor wrote:This morning we had wall to wall cloud....


Is that a deliberate pun, Trevor, given the numbers of megera you saw? :)

Good to see more mating pairs. One can only hope that the larvae can feed up and successfully overwinter.


Yea, when I was there is was wall to wall Wall!
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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:29 pm

No pun intended, David. But I've seen so many this year I must have them on the brain !.

For a change of scene today I went over to Mill Hill.
The weather never seemed to sort itself out, with a lot of high cloud, and a constant gentle breeze.
It was a question of observing Butterflies rather than photographing them. A good selection of species
were present, including Clouded Yellow, male Wall, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small tortoiseshell, Painted Lady,
Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Small Copper and Large & Small White.

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