May 2017

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May 2017

Postby David M » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:06 am

Off to a dry and settled start, by all accounts.

Make the most of it!

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Re: May 2017

Postby David M » Mon May 01, 2017 4:22 pm

Three Green Hairstreaks seen at Welshmoor, on the Gower, this afternoon. Other species seen in generally overcast conditions were Red Admiral (2), Large White (1), Orange Tip (1), probable Green Veined White (1) and an airborne Holly Blue whilst driving home!

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Re: May 2017

Postby Jack Harrison » Mon May 01, 2017 5:38 pm

1st May - finally north Scotland.

Loch Spynie area (that's inland from Lossiemouth)
Peacock x 5
Tortoiseshell x 1
Speckled Wood x 1
Green-veined White x 4

Own garden later Peacock x 1

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Re: May 2017

Postby P.J.Underwood » Mon May 01, 2017 5:39 pm

I have spent the last two weeks trudging around the Chiddingfold Forest,both on my own and with the new recorder who lives near me in Chiddingfold.We have seen few butterflies due to the cold weather.A few Green Veined Whites,Speckled Wood,and the odd Peacock,Red Admiral,Brimstone and Holly Blue.However the nightingales have been magnificent.Despite intensive searching we have been unable to find any Wood Whites,despite being aware of Lee Hurrell's sighting.
So on Sunday we ventured further afield to Rewells Wood.I had not been there for three years and was amazed to see all the coppicing that had taken place.It was 14 degrees ,overcast and windy.The sun managed to come out for 5 mins and during that time 2 P.B.'s appeared and I had my first photo of the season.
The weather has become warmer this evening so perhaps Wood Whites tomorrow?
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Re: May 2017

Postby Jack Harrison » Mon May 01, 2017 7:07 pm

P.J.Underwood was
amazed to see all the coppicing that had taken place {in Rewell Wood].

Largely initiated by Neil Hulme: Fritillaries for the Future. I saw just a single PB Frit there when with Neil (on a visit south) on 23 April.

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Re: May 2017

Postby P.J.Underwood » Mon May 01, 2017 8:10 pm

With all the clearing that the new team is doing in Oaken Wood it would be nice if the P.B.'s could come back there.
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Re: May 2017

Postby Jack Harrison » Mon May 01, 2017 8:24 pm

I managed to fit in a visit (21st April) to Oaken Wood during my trip south and was most impressed by the management that had been carried out. Further on near the Tugley Wood "triangle" there were as many as perhaps eight singing Nightingales.

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Re: May 2017

Postby P.J.Underwood » Tue May 02, 2017 2:09 pm

I was right.A nice sunny day and 16 degrees Centigrade.Many butterflies were about and then I saw my first Wood White-in the centre..Many more should start emerging now.
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Re: May 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Tue May 02, 2017 4:28 pm

Whilst out checking on larval webs in the local area (most of which so far are Small Tortoiseshell) I found an egg-laying Peacock.

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Egg-laying Peacock - Crawley, Sussex 2-May-2017

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Re: May 2017

Postby David M » Tue May 02, 2017 5:02 pm

Early morning clouds lifted by 11.30am and visits to both Crymlyn Burrows and Kilvey Hill realised the following:

Orange Tip (10-15), Speckled Wood (10-15), Large White (8-12), Green Veined White (4), Small White (3), Holly Blue (3) and Peacock (1).

Best of all though, were the two male Wall Browns found in the grassland three quarters of the way up Kilvey Hill:

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Re: May 2017

Postby Allan.W. » Tue May 02, 2017 6:25 pm

Visited one or two of the smaller local Duke sites,here in Kent today,although my hopes weren,t high ,as this particular colony over the past season
or two seems to be struggling ,and after looking for about 35-40 minutes I,d only had one possible fly -by, moving down to a less familiar path,i was rewarded almost immediately with a fine fresh male,and over the next 45 minutes I added another 7,ranging from freshly emerged to the male pictured . I saw a minimum of seven ,possibly as many as nine. also found my first Green Hairs of the season ,always love finding these,also seen
2 Wall,6 Brimstone,2 Red Admiral,3 Dingy Skips, 1 Small Tort,2 Peacocks. All in all a very fruitful couple of hours . I,ve also posted a picture of my kitchen window ,you may find of interest,shows the feather dust imprint from a Woodpigeon that crashed into the window this morning.
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Re: May 2017

Postby Wurzel » Tue May 02, 2017 6:27 pm

No luck at my Duke Site for Dukes and the cloud that arrived as I did didn't help either but I did see Small Tort, Red Admiral, Peacock, 2 Small Coppers, 4 Grizzlies, a Small Heath and a Brown Argus :D
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Re: May 2017

Postby Jack Harrison » Thu May 04, 2017 5:46 pm

Nairnshire and Moray since 1st May, GV Whites in large numbers. Along suitable roadsides one every 50-100 metres. Last year first brood was dismal and numbers only picked up in the summer brood but nothing like the present abundance. A scattering of Orange Tips along the woodland edge, quite early compared with 2016.

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Re: May 2017

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu May 04, 2017 7:56 pm

Vince Massimo wrote:Whilst out checking on larval webs in the local area (most of which so far are Small Tortoiseshell) I found an egg-laying Peacock.

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I am VERY impressed, Vince; you seem to be a magnet for ovipositing Aglais :) And I've been looking in my local area for some time and have drawn a blank. My hat off to you!

Cheers,

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Re: May 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Thu May 04, 2017 9:04 pm

Thanks Pete, but this one was pure, blind luck. I was collecting a few nettle leaves for one of my rearing projects and found myself face to face with a Peacock :D . In my experience, egg-laying Peacocks are easier to find than Small Tortoiseshells, because they seem to make up their minds more quickly when it comes to selecting a suitable host plant.

Needless to say that this latest batch of eggs went on my list for follow-up visits.

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Re: May 2017

Postby Pete Eeles » Thu May 04, 2017 9:49 pm

Vince Massimo wrote:Needless to say that this latest batch of eggs went on my list for follow-up visits.


A VERY nice find nonetheless! I'm pleased to hear you'll be following up :)

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Re: May 2017

Postby MrSp0ck » Sat May 06, 2017 5:22 pm

First Small Blue today at Hutchinsons Bank.

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Other Butterflies, Dingy & Grizzled Skippers, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip, Holly Blue.

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Re: May 2017

Postby millerd » Sat May 06, 2017 5:43 pm

First Adonis Blues flying at Denbies Hillside today.
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Re: May 2017

Postby Jack Harrison » Sat May 06, 2017 6:49 pm

I have the impression it's an early season. But what impact is the current shortage of rain going to have?

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Re: May 2017

Postby David M » Sat May 06, 2017 9:05 pm

Jack Harrison wrote:I have the impression it's an early season. But what impact is the current shortage of rain going to have?


A major one of things don't change pretty soon, Jack!

Even in Swansea, we've had precious little precipitation since the beginning of April. I daresay it's far worse in the 'drier' parts of the south and south east.

Looks like things may change somewhat by the end of next week though, with rain bearing fronts pushing in from the south west (which is the usual 'default' as you know).

Interestingly, I have been noticing that the western part of Scotland has been abnormally warm and dry lately. Will this be good or bad for emerging Chequered Skippers?


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