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Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:47 pm

Hello all fellow butterfly lovers. This is my first post here, only signed up today.

So what's my mission you must all be clammering to find out! Well this summer after getting back into macro photography I decided to set myself a challange: to photgraph every UK species in the next 5 years. I already had 24 of the list ticked of, the usual suspects found in London where I live (plus the Large Blue through a handy contact a few years ago). A few trips to Box Hill in Surry gave me a few more, my very first Silver Spotted Skipper and also Adonis and Chalkhill Blues, Silver Washed and Dark Green Fritillaries and a trip to Chobham Common got me the Grayling and some very old looking Silver Studded Blues. I shall be returning to these sights in the spring to catch some of the early flighers that apparently occur there.

But the real mission comes when I'm after the really local species, having lived in London my whole life I don't drive so getting to some of these sites could prove to be quite a mission.

So what is my aim for 2015? Well Heath Fritillary in South Essex, White Admiral, Purple Emperor, Dingy & Grizzled Skippers in Box Hill and hopefully a trip to the limestone wilds north of Morcambe.

When I work out how to put photo's up I shall start adding a few.

Hopefully someone will find this diary of interest although entries may well be few and far between until the spring arrives.
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:14 pm

A few pics from Box hill in August this year.
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Adonis Blue male on finger, Box Hill, '14 #5.JPG
Freshly emerged male who was very eager to drink from my sweaty finger!
Adonis Blue female, Box Hill, '14 #3.JPG
Silver Spotted Skipper, Box Hill, '14 #37.JPG
Silver Spotted Skipper, Box Hill, '14 #27.JPG
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby MikeOxon » Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:05 pm

bugboy wrote: I decided to set myself a challange: to photgraph every UK species in the next 5 years.


A good mission :) My son set it for me when he was about 13 years old though, fortunately he didn't set a time limit. We completed it in in 2007, during a trip to Scotland for the Chequered Skipper. By then he was old enough to share a bottle of Champagne.

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Neil Freeman » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:04 pm

Good luck with the mission, I look forward to seeing your further photos.

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:59 pm

Thanks for the welcomes :D

Well since this is a diary of sorts I guess it's a bit silly not to make regular entries in the quiet season so I shall fill the empty winter days up with pics from species I have photgraphed over the past 10 or 15 years, 1 species per entry in no particular order. Today the lovely little Small Copper:
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Small Copper female, Hampstead Heath '07 #18.JPG
Hampstead Heath, 22/7/07
Small Copper female, Walthamstow Marshes, '14 #21.JPG
Walthamstow marshes, 21/9/14
Small Copper female, Hampstead Heath '07 #2.JPG
Hampstead Heath, 22/7/07
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Wurzel » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:35 pm

Welcome Bugboy - some great stuff so far - looking forward to some more :D Good luck with your mission, if you need a hand with Marshies or Lulworths then give me a PM.

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:33 pm

Today feels like a Red Admiral day!

For those that are interested in such things I used a Canon EOS 400D with a sigma 50mm macro up until this summer when I upgraded to a 700D.
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Red Admiral, Hampstead Heath '07 #11.JPG
Hampstead Heath, 22/7/07
Red Admiral, Dollis Valley walk '07 #2.JPG
Dollis Valley, Finchley, North London, 8/7/07
Red Admiral, Box Hill, '14 #10.jpg
Box Hill, 13/8/14 (taken with my phone!)
Red Admiral, Box Hill, '14 #9.JPG
Box Hill, 13/8/14
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:32 pm

Some Large Skippers today! :)
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Large Skippers courting, Hampstead heath '07 #5.JPG
Hampstead Heath 29/6/07
Large Skipper male, Folley Brook walk '07 #7.JPG
Dollis Valley, Finchley, 5/6/07
Large Skipper female, Hampstead Heath '08 #1.JPG
Hampstead Heath, 13/7/08
Large Skipper female, Hampstead Heath '07 #2.JPG
Hampstead Heath, 22/7/07
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:50 pm

Since the sun was out today I thought I'd get a breath of fresh air and have a wander in my local patch. Been fighting a recurring bought of tonsilitis recently so not been out as much as I'd like. Mainly out for a bit of casual twitching but took a few pics of the area of the Brown hairstreak sighting which I'll post in that thread for those that are interested to peruse and maybe cast an expert eye over.

Decided to put some moths up today, a couple of Longhorn micro moths:
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longhorn moths Adela reaumurella,  Dollis Valley walk '07 #1.JPG
Adela reaumurella, Dollis valley, Finchley, 28/4/07
Longhorn moth Nemophora degeerella female, Darland Lake '07 #7.JPG
Female Nemophora degeerella, Dollis Valley, Finchley, 5/6/07
Longhorn moth Adela reaumurella,  Dollis Valley walk '07 #2.JPG
Adela reaumurella, Dollis valley, Finchley, 15/4/07
Longhorn moth Nemophora degeerella female, Darland Lake '07 #3.JPG
Female Nemophora degeerella, Dollis Valley, Finchley, 5/6/07
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:01 pm

Green Veined white Tuesday:
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Green-veined White, Dollis Valley walk '07 #7 (cropped).jpg
Dollis Valley, Finchley, London, 16/7/07
Green Weined White, Wormley Wood, Herts. #3.JPG
Wormley Wood, Herts. 18/7/14
Green Veined White, Tottenham Marshes, '14 #4.JPG
Tottenham Marshes, London, 21/7/14
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:22 pm

Hadn't noticed before but going through my pictures for this it seems I took loads in 2007 and this year and very little inbetween. I guess I was excited about my new Digital technology, have hundreds of slides going back into the mid 90's but need to find a good service to digitize them. Anyway, tonight it's the turn of the Peacock:
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Peacock, Wormley Wood, Herts. #2.JPG
Wormley Wood, Herts. 18/7/14
Peacock, Hatch Forest (Epping Forest), '14 #2.JPG
Hatch Forest (Epping Forest), 26/7/14
peacock#1.jpg
April 2002, scan of a slide.
Peacock ovipositing, Hampstead Heath '08 #3.JPG
ovipositing, Hampstead Heath, 7/5/08
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:01 pm

The Common Blue:
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Common Blue female, Walthamstow Marshes, '14 #13.JPG
Walthamstow Marshes, 27/7/14
Common Blue male, Walthamstow Marshes, '14 #13.JPG
Walthamstow Marshes, 21/9/14
Common Blue male, Walthamstow Marshes, '14 #35.JPG
Walthamstow Marshes, 21/9/14
Common Blue female, Walthamstow Marshes '10 #9.JPG
Walthamstow Marshes, 19/7/10
Common Blue female, Dollis Valley walk '07 #6.JPG
Dollis Valley walk, Finchley, 10/6/07
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Maximus » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:37 pm

Some great shots Bugboy, especially considering that some of then are taken just off the A406 :)

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:03 am

Maximus wrote:Some great shots Bugboy, especially considering that some of then are taken just off the A406 :)


Haha, closer to the A104 ;)
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:06 pm

A couple of shots of the Purple Hairstreak tonight. Not the best conditioned individual but I do love the headon shot :)
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Purple Hairstreak female, Hampstead Heath '07 #2.JPG
Hampstead Heath 1/8/07
Purple Hairstreak female underside, Hampstead Heath '07 #4.JPG
Hampstead Heath 1/8/07
Purple Hairstreak female headon, Hampstead Heath '07 #4.JPG
Hampstead Heath 1/8/07
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Wurzel » Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:12 pm

Cracking first Purple Hairstreak shot - I didn't have any luck with them this year :mrgreen:

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby David M » Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:50 pm

We'll forgive you for the scruffiness of the individual - any open wing Purple Hairstreak shot is noteworthy. Well done.

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:31 pm

Thanks guys. In all my time this is the only individual that has ever posed for me. All my other sightings are little silver dots flitting around the tops of oak trees!
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Wurzel » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:15 pm

Just a quicky to say I'm not ignoring your PM - I'll try and get back to you this side of Xmas I'm just trying to get work done before the festivities :D

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:37 pm

No worries Wurzel, plenty of time :)
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