November 2017

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Re: November 2017

Postby David M » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:07 pm

Red Admiral spotted in Abergavenny town centre early this afternoon as I was driving up to Linda Vista Gardens! Good chance that will be my last of the year. :(

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Re: November 2017

Postby aeshna5 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:55 am

Red Admiral on the ivy in my back garden yesterday- my only sighting so far this month.

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Re: November 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:29 pm

Today we had the first frost of the season here in Crawley. However the sky remained clear for the rest of the day, which raised temperatures to around 11C. A local walk produced 4 Red Admirals and a female Speckled Wood.

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Red Admiral - Crawley, Sussex 6-Nov-2017

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Speckled Wood - Crawley, Sussex 6-Nov-2017


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Re: November 2017

Postby essexbuzzard » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:21 pm

Wow, wasn't expecting a Speckled Wood! Just one Red Admiral in Harlow today, despite 8 hours glorious sunshine.

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Re: November 2017

Postby bugboy » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:57 pm

Clouded Yellows still going strong at Mill Hill and Shoreham Harbour. Saw a total of 5 species today, details in my PD when I get round to it.
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Re: November 2017

Postby David M » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:12 pm

bugboy wrote:Clouded Yellows still going strong at Mill Hill and Shoreham Harbour. Saw a total of 5 species today, details in my PD when I get round to it.


Will look forward to that, Bugboy. Seems the season is still going abnormally well in a few isolated pockets of the south.

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Re: November 2017

Postby Allan.W. » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:44 pm

2 Long tailed Blues reported (and photographed ) at Walmer castle ,near Deal ,Kent on the 6th.
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Re: November 2017

Postby David M » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:57 pm

Allan.W. wrote:2 Long tailed Blues reported (and photographed ) at Walmer castle ,near Deal ,Kent on the 6th.


Superb information, Allan. Clearly, this butterfly is spending ever more time in the southern parts of the British Isles.

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Re: November 2017

Postby False Apollo » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:59 pm

Clouded Yellows showing well with a lot of pairing going on at Southbourne Undercliff. My biggest surprise was a Green-veined White there on 5th November, a species I did not expect to see on the undercliff at this time of year. Probably from a 3rd brood appearance. Small Whites had been showing until recently, along with Small Copper. Painted Lady also reported. Incidentally a Marbled White was reported at Portland on 8th November, make of that what you will!!!

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Re: November 2017

Postby David M » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:37 pm

False Apollo wrote:Incidentally a Marbled White was reported at Portland on 8th November, make of that what you will!!!


Surely a misidentification?

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Re: November 2017

Postby False Apollo » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:09 pm

It looks like it is. There is are far as I know no photographs. The news was on the Portland Bird obs twitter feed. I think people were a bit stunned when they saw it, I certainly was. Likely a misidentification, but will wait for the ID outcome with interest.

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Re: November 2017

Postby Allan.W. » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:11 pm

If anyone wants a look at the Long tailed Blues (pics) from Walmer on the 6th ,theres a couple on " Margaret Smith" (image maker) twitter page /feed. Regards Allan.W.

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Re: November 2017

Postby Allan.W. » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:28 pm

At least one Small Copper on the wing today at Dungeness,reported on the Dungeness obs; website ,and whats more it looks fresh ! (See photo on the site) Allan.W.

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Re: November 2017

Postby millerd » Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:52 pm

See within the last hour on my local patch near Heathrow, a lovely new female Holly Blue...
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The latest I've seen this species: more photos on my PD later.

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Re: November 2017

Postby MrSp0ck » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:50 pm

It will be interesting to see if any of the Whites or Blues make it into December, if so the usual species of the hibernators + Speckled Wood will have to be added too.

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Re: November 2017

Postby dilettante » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:40 pm

A Red Admiral in the sun, air temp around 8 C.
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Red Admiral, 17-Nov-2017, Cherry Hinton Hall park, Cambs

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Re: November 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:53 pm

A Red Admiral and Speckled Wood today in sparkling sunshine.

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Red Admiral - Crawley, Sussex 17-Nov-2017

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Speckled Wood - Crawley, Sussex 17-Nov-2017

A survey of a likely site for Red Admiral eggs produced over 100 at a nettle bed in the shelter of a south-facing wall. More details here: viewtopic.php?t=9581&start=0#p126459

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Red admiral nettle bed - Crawley, Sussex 17-Nov-2017

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4 Red Admiral eggs - Crawley, Sussex 17-Nov-2017


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Re: November 2017

Postby David M » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:14 pm

millerd wrote:See within the last hour on my local patch near Heathrow, a lovely new female Holly Blue...


:shock: :shock: :shock:

I'm practically speechless, Dave!

Does your patch have undersoil heating?

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Re: November 2017

Postby Deborah » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:18 pm

Finally one of the two Clouded Yellows that have been buzzing around the garden these last few days came to a stop on some broccoli which has started flowering. They seem to be the last two butterflies standing from this year...
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Re: November 2017

Postby Vince Massimo » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:43 pm

A further visit to the cemetery wall nettle bed at Ifield, Crawley today found an egg-laying female. She was observed to lay 3 eggs at around 12.30 and she stayed basking on the wall until 2.30.

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Red Admiral (with eggs below) - Crawley, Sussex 19-Nov-2017

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Red Admiral female - Crawley, Sussex 19-Nov-2017

A full count along the whole length of the wall produced 192 eggs.

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6 Red Admiral eggs - Crawley, Sussex 19-Nov-2017


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