Wurzel wrote:Aw schucks Rex I reckon your ending the season on a high is good karma for the time missed earlier in the season Good to see things are back on track
Have a goodun
Cheers Wurzel, I had a pretty good year and didn't miss much. My only real disappointments were missing the Dukes and Silver Studs yet again. And although I saw some Purple Emperors I failed to get a decent photo. Hopefully I'll catch up with those next year.
John W wrote:Butterflysaurus rex wrote:As others enjoyed taking photos of the star attraction my eye was drawn to a couple of very shiny and new Small Coppers.
Hi James, it's always good to see a fresh Small Copper! Were they in a particular part of the field?
Hi John, great to see you made it for over the QoS, I really liked your photos as well. Yes the fresh Coppers were in the same area near the bonfire. As you say it's always good to see a fresh Small Copper and not try and get a photo.
Pauline wrote:That's one stunning butterfly James - well spotted
Hi Pauline, You’re most kind I guess you're referring to the Adonis ab? Yes it was so unusual and beautiful I tried very hard to get a decent photo. I'm quite pleased with what I got, and very surprised to learn it was not only an ab. Krodeli but also a partial gynandromorph!
trevor wrote:I agree with others, James, you are ending the season in style.
A few Long Tailed Blues would end it nicely, ( remember last year when we were with Katrina ? ).
Or maybe the Queen of Spain Frit. was our end of season treat for this year.
Hope to see you around,
Hello Trevor, thank you, yes I've had a really great couple of weeks. How could I forget our fabulous time at Tidemills last year, it's always great to have a shared sighting like that with friends. If the QoS is to be our last treat of the year then that's a fabulous way to finish. Although I'm thinking think there could easily be a few more surprises before it really is all over.
Gary.N wrote:Stunning Ab. James and thanks for telling me about the QoS. You got some great shots of them.
Thank you Gary It was a bit special! I am so pleased that you made it over to Piddinghoe for the QoS, knowing you I'm sure that you took a few great shots yourself.
Wasp Spiders and Wart-biters.
With many butterflies now looking past their best I joined Badgerbob yesterday to continue our quest to find Britain’s rarest and most spectacular Cricket - the amazing Wart-biter. Upon arrival we were impressed yet again by the huge number of Wasp Spiders.
After failing to locate any Wart-biters on our previous trip (we were rather distracted by a rather special Adonis ab!) we didn't know if we would do any better this time. With so many Wasp Spiders about I couldn't resist taking a shot or two, while I was busy with that Bob started to look for the main target.
It only took him about of 20 seconds before he disturbed one and he called me over. We then had a fantastic encounter with this amazing insect with possibly the best camouflage I've ever seen! Once in the grass it becomes all but invisible.
I've been wanting to see a Wart-biter Cricket for decades but I never expected my first encounter to be so amazing. Thank you for the invite Bob!
Thanks for looking