Notes and Views - April 2017

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Notes and Views - April 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:10 pm

A report of 14+ fresh Clouded Yellows at Seaton undercliff in South Cornwall on 9th April by Lee Slaughter. All indications are that they are the result of larvae that have over-wintered. An early Wall was also seen at the same time. Reported on UKB sightings forum viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9262&start=40#p118553

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Re: Notes and Views - April 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:17 pm

Following the initial report of a Large Tortoiseshell at North Stoke (near Amberley), Sussex on 28th March, all subsequent April sightings of this species from the same site are being retained under the March heading viewtopic.php?f=110&t=9249#p118073

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Re: Notes and Views - April 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:33 pm

An interesting sight of a Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell simultaneously egglaying on the same leaf. Photographed by Vince Massimo at North Stoke, Sussex on 11th April. Reported on UKB sightings forum viewtopic.php?t=9262&start=40#p118568

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There is only one other image of this in the Species Album, which was taken by EssexBuzzard in April 2014
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Re: Notes and Views - April 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:44 pm

It is generally accepted that emerging adult butterflies hang suspended upside down or from a vertical surface in order to expand and dry their wings. This was called into question by a series of images posted by Pauline Richards on 20th April. One of the reared Green Hairstreaks that emerged that day successfully did it all standing on the ground. Reported in UKB Personal Diary viewtopic.php?f=29&t=6199&start=2460#p118903

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