Sunday, January 23, 2011
He (?) was on my patio, at our cottage between Edenbridge and Ide Hill.
We front on to a wood and are surrounded by meadows. I had recently decided there was little point in trying to dash back for the “book” and trust to memory the details. So I dashed into the house for my Canon Ixus and he (?) was waiting for me to take a photo from about 6 inches away. Having had my thoughts confirmed, I sent the photo’s off to a very pleasant lady, plus our map reference at butterfly-conservation.org, as requested. Subsequently I have searched for “the Oak or Ash tree” but with no luck. Can you tell me the typical flight range of a Purple Emperor. Might help me narrow down the search?? John
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Meanwhile, here's an Orange Tip pupa my wife found whilst accompanying me on a larval expedition in Braydon Forest, a remarkable dark form (which I've seen once or twice before) -
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
It can be viewed on this link
Not a lot happened in 2009 which is why we have only just written about it.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Hi thereI was given Patrick Barkham's book for Christmas and have always been interested in butterflies and moths (and indeed all our flora and fauna)In July 2009 a friend and I were walking thorugh Hay Wood in Warwickshire (near Baddesley Clinton) on a nice sunny day and we had the good fortune to see an Emperor (though we didn't know what it was until we got home and looked in a book) - it flew down in front of us and sat on the ground and its dark colour with white markings but especially the gorgeous blue / purple shine on its wings - I am sure it had to be an Emperor. We went back a couple of times this summer but there were very few butterflies to be seen - I think we were lucky that day as there seemed to be lots of other butterflies around.I hope I was right in my identificationn - Hay Wood is a very nice wood with some wide paths which allow the sunshine down to the ground. A good mixture of trees as well.Kind regardsWendy Mace