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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:36 pm

Many thanks David, Goldie & Neil,

It is amazing to me that the offspring of a warmth loving migrant, the Clouded Yellow,
can be found into November, near the coast, here in Sussex.

However there were just three Red Admirals for me today, two at High and Over,
and one on the trunk of an Oak at the bottom of my garden.
The two at High and Over were seen with a temperature of only 7c, it was draughty up there !.

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:25 am

I'll try Trevor - but it's persuading the family/girls that a trip to the seaside in November is a good idea :? :roll: Good to see the Red Admirals still hanging about though for how much longer I'm sure...

Have a goodun

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:19 pm

The quandary I was in, this morning of promising weather,was where to go on November 1st.
I settled for Shoreham Harbour, as other regular sites are now dwindling, and Shoreham
has come up with the goods, at this time of year, in the past.
My first Butterfly, a Clouded Yellow, was found after about 20 mins. After several shots,
a couple of other hopefuls came over to see the basking Clouded Yellow.
It turned out that I was chatting to our very own Essex Buzzard and his good Lady, who
had travelled over from Kent. Good to meet you both, and I know you had a great day.
Later Dave Cook turned up, along with a second Clouded Yellow, and a Small Tortoiseshell.
At least four Red Admirals were seen on some Ivy which was still in blossom.
The big surprise came in the afternoon( after Mark had left for Mill Hill) in the form of a
male Holly Blue, the first one I've seen at this site.
A Comma was seen but was too quick for my camera. We also found a Silver Y Moth,
and saw a flyby ' White '

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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:57 pm

That's great set of species from down on the south coast, Trevor. Long may the Clouded Yellows continue! Good to see that there are still Holly Blues to be found in spots away from round my back yard as well. :)

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Re: Trevor

Postby Katrina » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:10 pm

The Holly Blue was a great find, something to look out for in the future there!

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Re: Trevor

Postby bugboy » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:58 pm

Hmmm, looks like the place was chock full of sleeping butterflies yesterday :mrgreen:. I think you should start up a transect on that little stretch of greenery Trevor, it would certainly be one of the easiest transects to do, one 10 minute straight line!
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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:32 pm

A fantastic November haul Trevor :D :mrgreen: And with that Holly Blue it could almost have been a 'Millerd posting :wink: '

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:28 am

Holly Blues and Clouded Yellows in November! This year is seemingly intent on saving the best till last!

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Re: Trevor

Postby Andrew555 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:13 am

You're still delivering Trevor :D
Great stuff.

Cheers

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:34 pm

Many thanks for all your comments folks.

More November Butterflies.
Early this afternoon I popped up to High and Over. Very near the car park I found a basking
Red Admiral, which was sent up several times by a lively Speckled Wood, but always returned to
the same favoured basking spot.
A full 30 mins. later I discovered the freshest, and very large Painted Lady seeking the few
nectar sources on offer. This was one of the largest Butterflies I have ever seen !.

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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:33 pm

That Painted Lady is a great find - do you think she emerged in the sunshine of the last couple of days? It must have been sheltered - they are very susceptible to cold. Time to head south... :)

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:32 am

HI Dave,
I think there is every chance of that Painted Lady being a November Butterfly.
If you click on the image to enlarge it, you will see that the wing fringe hair is virtually intact.
Hopefully if it is warm enough today, it will head south.

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Re: Trevor

Postby essexbuzzard » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:17 am

We did indeed have a great November day, Trev! Nice to meet you, and thanks for showing us the first Clouded Yellow. And wow, a Holly Blue? That earns you a :mrgreen:

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:17 pm

After a heavy overnight frost, the morning dawned bright and clear.
The Moon at 08,15 was particularly clear, here in Wiltshire.
The grounds of the Bell Inn provided the first of six Red Admirals, as the sun gained strength.
This one was found, taking a great interest in a patch of Stinging nettles.
I then went up to the Church yard, where two more Red Admirals used some grave stones
for basking, these being in direct sunshine.
The other three Red Admirals spotted were in flight and non stop.

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A reminder of the time of year fast approaching.

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Re: Trevor

Postby millerd » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:52 pm

I think Red Admirals must be immune to frost, Trevor. They go on forever. :)

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Re: Trevor

Postby essexbuzzard » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:17 pm

Funnily enough, I think butterflies are immune to frost. Think of those species which fly in April and early May - Orange Tip for example-when temperatures often drop below freezing.

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Re: Trevor

Postby Wurzel » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:22 pm

Some great stuff recently Trevor - it's been hard to keep up (as work is a little bit hectic) which is something I wouldn't have expected in November :D :mrgreen: Good to see the Church still providing the goods.

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Re: Trevor

Postby David M » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:33 pm

I'd love to know where these Red Admirals spend the night. What kind of tolerance do they have for low overnight temperatures?

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Re: Trevor

Postby trevor » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:05 pm

The weather forecast for today mentioned sunshine and a possible 14c. Not a day to stay at home !.
With few sites still performing, my choice was somewhat confined, so I chose Shoreham harbour
and Mill Hill.
At Shoreham it was sunny with some threatening cloud, and quite breezy. In all five Red Admirals
were found, all showing wear. One unexpected sighting was of a Humming Bird Hawk Moth flitting
between some Honeysuckle flowers.
In a two hour visit no Clouded Yellows were seen, it looks as though they have finished at Shoreham.

On to Mill Hill, where I met Dave Cook. Here it really was breezy, with not a lot about, exceopt
for a real surprise, my first ever November Meadow Brown, and not in bad condition.

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Re: Trevor

Postby Allan.W. » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:40 pm

Blimey Trevor !! A November Meadow Brown ,and fresh at that ........Amazing, great find .
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