Bugboys mission

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David M
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby David M » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:31 pm

A very impressive year, Bugboy, but you earned it with all the hard work you put in.

Large Tortoiseshell & Queen of Spain Fritillary were icing on the cake. :)

It's nice to see your highlights presented in such a artistic way too. I've a feeling next year's will have a Mountain Ringlet or two? :P

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:09 pm

Thanks Trevor and Dave, I think 2017 could be regarded as the year of the Hairstreak :)
Thanks Andrew, I'm not even going to try and pick a favourite, there's just too many!
Thanks Chris, yes it was certainly a hectic year for me, bizarrely 'helped' when I came down with Shingles mid season. A mild case so not painful but it kept me off work when the Purple ones emerged early :shock:
Thanks Wurzel, I'm sure it will be :). My main focus is nabbing that one last elusive tick but I'm sire other stuff will present itself for me :D
It is certainly a very exclusive club to be in Neil, especially this side of the millennium!
Thanks David, although my 'artistic presentation' as you put it was blatantly stolen from Paulines end of season roundup :oops: :)
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Paul Harfield » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 pm

Hi Bugboy
You have had an exceptional year by any standards as others have said. I think you deserve an award for what you have achieved using public transport
I hope your presentation was a success this week and that next year is as good or better and that you achieve your goals :D

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:46 pm

Paul Harfield wrote:Hi Bugboy
You have had an exceptional year by any standards as others have said. I think you deserve an award for what you have achieved using public transport
I hope your presentation was a success this week and that next year is as good or better and that you achieve your goals :D


Thanks Paul, I'd settle for a freedom pass of some sort from one or two of the train companies :wink: I'm sure I've earned one by now!

The presentation went down rather well by all accounts although it's a complete blur to me. I had to wing it as well since I was unable to read my notes on the laptop screen as they came up microscopically small :roll: .

I have two main goals next year, Mountain Ringlets and a slightly more relaxed season... :lol:
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:12 pm

9th December, Bookham

A crisp, sunny winters day tempted me out to my favourite Surrey spot. The chilly recent weather has certainly brought out the local birds with lots of small birds foraging in the canopy, no doubt countless Hairstreak eggs and White Admiral caterpillars disappearing into their hungry tummies! A Nuthatch come down close enough for a few snaps and I spent some time (mostly unsuccessful) stalking my favourite species of Thrush, the Fieldfare. Just about managing a few passable heavily cropped shots in the end.
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As usual I also kept my eye's peeled for some immature butterflies, finding just one possible White Admiral hibernaculum
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and the usual selection of Hairstreak eggs
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I also came across a single, solitary Red Admiral egg in a sunlit glade where an early emergent adult can usually be found.
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I had a quick look at the Small Copper nursery, unsurprisingly not finding any larvae but there were still a few eggs dotted around. They look fresh but almost certainly now dead and just preserved by the cold.
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Jack Frost was certainly a busy boy last night :)
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Andrew555 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:35 am

Is that the 'Bookham Commons' Bugboy ? Looking at the map I've been close, Fetcham Downs/Norbury Park, but never made it over there.
I'll have to give it a go next year.
Interesting stuff. :)

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby bugboy » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:57 pm

Andrew555 wrote:Is that the 'Bookham Commons' Bugboy ? Looking at the map I've been close, Fetcham Downs/Norbury Park, but never made it over there.
I'll have to give it a go next year.
Interesting stuff. :)


It is indeed Andrew and I can recommend a visit at anytime of the season. It has a very good range of species from early spring until the first frosts and as any regular reader of my diary will testify, I'm there quite a lot :) !
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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Wurzel » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:16 am

Lovely set of seasonal images - Fieldfares, Nuthatches in exposed trees and Brown Hairstreak eggs :D That last image is a beauty! :D :mrgreen:

Have a goodun

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby David M » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:44 pm

Good to see you're diversifying in the absence of butterflies, Bugboy. There's still much to see at this time of year (although practically all of it is warm blooded).

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Re: Bugboys mission

Postby Andrew555 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:57 am

Thanks Bugboy. :)


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