Butterfly Watch 2013

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Clive60

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Clive60 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:33 pm

Looks like a Silk Moth, the 'eyes' are to deter predators.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:13 pm

Clive60 wrote:I think this a Lulworth Skipper as it has an orange crescent on each forewing, may be wrong!
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I would err more towards a Large Skipper but could be wrong (I've not been in the "butterfly spotting Zone" for a while)

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Clive60 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:25 am

There were a lot of Lulworth Skippers reported at the park all week but I wasn't sure whether this one was as I am not that good at Butterfly IDs.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Conifers » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:54 pm

Remember seeing quite a lot of Large Skippers back in June - July, but none recently, so that's unlikely (unless hatch timings are very different down south).

Here's a Large Skipper from 19 June:
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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by billdango » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:07 pm

Clive60 wrote:I think this a Lulworth Skipper as it has an orange crescent on each forewing, may be wrong!
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You are correct.

That butterfly is a female Lulworth skipper.

The male is slightly darker and smaller.

billdango :D

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by billdango » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:12 pm

Matcycas7 wrote:I captured a picture of a giant moth which I never seen it before. This moth has got transparent holes on its wings where you can see sunrays through the holes. This incredible moth is about 7inchs wide. At first I thought it was a giant butterfly but when I got closer it doesn't respond to my movements whereas butterflies do feel shy and fly away but this thing stood still and when I observed its fat stomach then I concluded that it is a moth. I took a video of this moth. Moths usually look triangle in shape but there are some tiny moths about a inch that we see behind tubelights and this is exactly the same family where this giant moth hanging on my christmas tree belongs. Fairies would have survived if birds were extinct. Do you all know that the life of butterfly is about a week ?
That moth is a probable specimen of either Antherea pernyi or Antherea mylitta.

Both belong to the family Saturniidae and include some of the largest moths in the world.

We have only one Saturnid in the UK and it goes under the name of Saturnia pavonia [the emperor moth].

billdango :D

Clive60

Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Clive60 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:57 pm

Thanks for confirming the ID. icon_thumleft

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:29 pm

Not seen any of these this year. Anyone been luckier? (This was taken a few years ago in West Yorkshire)
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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by fern Rob » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:58 pm

seen one.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by derrick » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:48 pm

I remember seeing these in the new forest when I was growing up Elephant Hawk moth not seen one for years
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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Conifers » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:05 pm

derrick wrote:I remember seeing these in the new forest when I was growing up Elephant Hawk moth not seen one for years
Not so many Elephants around now for the caterpillars to feed on. :ahhh!:

:lol:

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by fern Rob » Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:54 pm

derrick wrote:I remember seeing these in the new forest when I was growing up Elephant Hawk moth not seen one for years
Only seen one this year.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Clive60 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:47 pm

A Swallowtail was reported today at Vennor IOW.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:11 pm

Clive60 wrote:A Swallowtail was reported today at Vennor IOW.

Interesting.


I've seen Commas, Small Whites, Tortoishells and Peacocks today in the garden.

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Re: Butterfly Watch 2013

Post by Heliotrope Smith » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:10 am

Saw two Red Admirals today around noon flying around fig tree.

Godalming area. Was very bright but not particularly warm. icon_sunny

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