East Lothian Sightings October 2017

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East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby georgehogg » Thu 05 Oct 2017 21:31

At least 4 Speckled Wood still very active at Skateraw today,plus Red Admirals.
Also min 15 Red Admirals and 2 Peacocks on flowering ivy at Thorntonloch.
All in sunny spots out of the wind.
Bletted elderberries a great attraction.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby georgehogg » Sun 15 Oct 2017 18:45

16degrees today in fields between Haddington and Garleton Hills.
Speckled Woods still active along a sheltered woodside,also a Red Admiral on flowering Ivy on Amisfield Mains access road.
Also unconfirmed fly by red admirals along the route.
Shame about all this wind
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Re: East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby NickMorgan » Sat 21 Oct 2017 21:45

How about a quite fresh-looking Small Heath being seen by Abbie at Aberlady on Friday? That is by far the latest record I have ever received for the species.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby IAC » Sun 22 Oct 2017 08:54

NickMorgan wrote:How about a quite fresh-looking Small Heath being seen by Abbie at Aberlady on Friday? That is by far the latest record I have ever received for the species.




Hi Nick, Looking at the SB records for Small Heath we have 2 records for 18th September from Billhope and Ettrickbridge 2013, 2015, respectively...so...Abbie's records beat those by a clear month. Thats pretty remarkable. I can't say if East Lothian has anything quite as late as that...worth finding out. There have been a few record breakers this year, the latest for us in the Scottish Borders was a Small Copper at Burnmouth on the 20th October in reasonable condition beating a late record of the 16th October 2006. Are they partial third broods due to mild conditions, or just late emerging Butterflies from a second brood? Really can't say. We also had Small Blue recorded in August again this year...just to add.


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Re: East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby NickMorgan » Sun 22 Oct 2017 22:02

Iain,
The previous latest record I had for Small Heath was 25th September last year, and that was almost a month later than the previous latest record!
Things are certainly changing out there.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby georgehogg » Thu 26 Oct 2017 23:10

So Iain ,Seems I was optimistic hanging around the flowering ivy at Thorntonloch today, in hopes of a comma joining the five red admirals there ! :D
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Re: East Lothian Sightings October 2017

Postby IAC » Fri 27 Oct 2017 11:55

[quote="georgehogg"]So Iain ,Seems I was optimistic hanging around the flowering ivy at Thorntonloch today, in hopes of a comma joining the five red admirals there ! :D[/quote

Hang around George and hang around some more, Comma are out there and will be into November. I have only ever found the one November Comma mind you...but never say never. It was a cold night, but its warming up now. Last saw Comma on the 20th.

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