SPAIN EARLY 2017.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby David M » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:45 pm

I'm intrigued by the blue suffusion around the thorax.

I've never seen this in agestis.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby Padfield » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:50 pm

David M wrote:I'm intrigued by the blue suffusion around the thorax.

I've never seen this in agestis.


It's only the hairs though, that appear blue - there are never blue scales. Fresh agestis will show this too but even after a day or two they start losing hairs and the effect is less.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby David M » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:53 pm

Thanks, Guy. Although I haven't ever seen that I will bear your comments in mind in future.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:03 pm

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 20C+
Desert De Les Palmes P.N.
At the beginning of the nature park there is a large gravel car park with chipping of the local red stone with area's of wild flowers and grasses, I spent an enjoyable couple of hours chasing 13 different species of butterfly in the hot mid-day sun.
Butterflies as follows:
Bath White 4+,
Small White 10+,
Large White 10+,
Black-eyed Blues 10+,
Clouded Yellow 6+,
Cleopatra 3,
Red Admiral 2,
Provence Orange Tip 2,
Swallowtail 2,
Wall Brown 10+
Speckled Wood 4+
Green Hairstreak 2,
and a Mallow Skipper.
Photos on next report,

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:08 pm

Large White oviposit, actually on a quiet part of the car park.
Eggs coming every 10 seconds or so, it looked very hard work, lifting her abdomen up to the leaf.
Never seen a Large White oviposit before, it was amazing.

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Starting to oviposit.
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Some eggs attached to the underside of the leaf.
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Ready to lay another egg.
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More eggs
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50+ eggs laid on the underside of the leaf.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:25 pm

The car park area.
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Many wild flowers in the adjacent fields to the car park.
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Beautiful purple flowers, just opening.
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Flowers on the car park.
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Close up shot.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:36 pm

Some of the butterflies seen at the car park area.

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Bath White.
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Clouded Yellow, which looked very green.
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Green H/S
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Best photo to date of a Provence Orange Tip, can you see it lol.
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Mallow Skipper.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby Chris Jackson » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:16 pm

Hi Russ,
That's a very interesting series of photos of the Large White ovipositing.
As for the Provence Orange Tip, I'll take your word for it :D - they should be emerging near me in a matter of days.
Your purple flowers are I think, and quite appropriately so, Spanish Lavendar (Lavendula stoechus).
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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:11 pm

Cheers Chris for comments and ID, that's definitely a Prov. Orange Tip :wink: , I'll get a better photo later this week if I get down to Desert De Les Palmes.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:16 am

Thursday 30th March 2017, sunny 20c.
A visit to the dry river bed next to the campsite in search of the Plain Tiger. I've only photographed one PT in the last 2/3 weeks, I've seen a few more but they have been on a mission. At first there wasn't anything flying just a couple of "Whites", but eventually 2 Plain Tigers appeared at the same time, one ovipositing in the deep grass, they are very graceful b/f's and can cover great distance in seconds.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:20 am

Plain Tiger pics.
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PT ovipositing.
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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:26 am

Plain Tiger and Humming-bird Hawk-moth pics.
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Humming-bird Hawk-moth in cop.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:03 am

Plain Tiger fields.
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The terraced fields where the PT likes to rest, high rough grasses, no shorts here.
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Plenty of flowers which the Plain Tiger ignore most of the time.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:48 pm

A short trip to the PN sierra D'Irta, for Provence Orange Tip, 2 or 3 seen but still no photo's :cry:
Butterflies seen:
Provence Hair streak, looking worn now,
Spanish Festoon(new out)
Swallowtail,
Speckled Wood,
Western Dappled White,
Black-eyed Blues,
Wall Brown.

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PN de la sierra D'Irta.
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Black-eyed Blue, male.
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Black-eyed Blue, female.
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Speckled Wood.
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Wall Brown.
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Swallowtail.
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Spanish Festoon.
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Western Dappled White

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby essexbuzzard » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:30 pm

Some good sightings there, Russ. I'm a bit jealous of those Plain Tigers!

Interesting you say the Spanish Festoons are new out there, for they were common in Gibraltar,over two week ago.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:48 pm

Hi Essexbuzzard, thanks for your comments, sorry I confused you over the Spanish Festoon, what I meant was that it looked brand new, I actually saw my first SF on the 10th March, which was early for the northern Spain, sorry I confused you.
I see you enjoyed yourself at Gibraltar :D , I must get down there next year.

Cheers Russ

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby essexbuzzard » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:36 pm

That's no problem, Russ. It doesn't take much to confuse me :lol: . I would definitely recommend Gibraltar,but you seem to be having a pretty good time there! Loving the images...

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:25 pm

Wednesday 5th April, warm sunny day, 21c.
My last trip to PN Desert De Les Palmes before leaving for home this weekend.
I went to the usual car park area but after a full circuit of the monasteries(old & new) road, I stopped at the dry terraced car park under the small fort at the other end, where I found a 5 Spot Burnet and numerous Swallowtails fighting just below the fort(which is being renovated).
List of butterflies seen on both car parks:
Large White,
Small White,
Bath White,
Green H/S,
Black-eyed Blue,
Spanish Festoon,
Red Admiral,
Speckled Wood,
Wall Brown,
Provence Orange Tip(still on pic. :cry: )
Swallowtail and
one shot of a new Painted Lady, hopefully on it's way to England with a few thousand of it's mates,
and a
5 Spot Burnet moth.

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Painted Lady hiding in the grass.

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby Mikhail » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:38 pm

The burnet is Zygaena lavandulae the Broom Burnet or Zygène de la badasse !

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Re: SPAIN EARLY 2017.

Postby LancsRover » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:13 pm

Well spotted M, I see the white collar now, this Burnet isn't in BC, UKB or UKMoths.
I thought you were having a laugh with the name "badasse" :wink:
Cheers Russ


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