East Lothian Sightings August 2016

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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby georgehogg » Wed 17 Aug 2016 21:30

Egg laying Small Copper at Glenkinchie yesterday

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Looked more like Daisy than sorrel but hope to check in a few days when it has grown a bit.

Might even get caterpillars ! :D
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby Christie » Thu 18 Aug 2016 09:10

A dead Speckled Wood on a windowsill inside my house in North Berwick yesterday.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Thu 18 Aug 2016 15:33

Christie wrote:A dead Speckled Wood on a windowsill inside my house in North Berwick yesterday.


Oh dear! Don't worry. Records of Speckled Woods have really picked up over the last couple of days. I predict a bumper crop this autumn.
Similarly, Wall Browns seem to be doing very well just now. I saw 27 yesterday on the coastal path at Bilsdean yesterday and today there were three up on the A1 at Bilsdean.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby Matthew » Sun 21 Aug 2016 17:35

About half a dozen speckled wood on paths to wader scrapes at Musselburgh this morning.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 22 Aug 2016 07:28

Matthew wrote:About half a dozen speckled wood on paths to wader scrapes at Musselburgh this morning.

Excellent. I haven't seen any Speckled Wood records from Levenhall this year. Sounds like they are doing well there.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby georgehogg » Wed 24 Aug 2016 20:14

Good In the garden this afternoon , comma , small tort , peacock , red admiral , painted lady. (the Buddleia Bunch )
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby wgell » Sat 27 Aug 2016 16:25

Perfect conditions at Saltoun Wood this morning. Lots of activity on the Scabious flowers and Buddleias.

Large numbers of Peacocks, Red Admirals and Commas with several Painted Ladies.

2 female blues, 2 Meadow Browns and 2 Small Skippers all looking a bit worse for wear.

1 Small Copper.

2 Large Whites
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby georgehogg » Sat 27 Aug 2016 21:14

On the subject of Painted Ladies they seem to be having a great year.
Along the seawall at Torness they scored higher than others .
8 painted ladies ....5 small torts.....4 wall ...3 peacock....3 meadow brown .....1 small white....1 large white...1 small copper.
Off transect ,on the buddleias nearer the station Painted Ladies were also more numerous than the peacocks and red admirals.
Certainly I have had a lot of luck finding painted lady caterpillars this summer.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby jpgn » Sun 28 Aug 2016 16:00

Peacocks now the commonest butterfly during my rounds in Longniddry - with Red Admiral numbers falling sharply. Yesterday's (27th) totals for my postie round were:

19 Peacocks, 4 Painted Ladies, 3 Speckled Woods, 3 Red Admirals and a Small Tortoiseshell, with a smattering of varied whites.

Ali had 7 Speckled Woods on the north-side of Muirfield golf course yesterday and we had one in the garden today, as well as a Painted Lady in a neighbour's garden

Jim & Ali
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Re: East Lothian Sightings August 2016

Postby NickMorgan » Mon 29 Aug 2016 14:05

My lunchtime transect from Haddington today was rather disappointing. Other than a record number of Speckled Woods, there were only single Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, two GVWs and two Peacocks. Patches of thistles and other flowers which have been covered in Peacocks in previous years were completely empty.
I am pleased to see that others are having more success.
Worrying report on the radio this morning about a decline in Small Tortoiseshells. It certainly seems to be true just now. I haven't seen one in ages and there should be loads about.
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