East Lothian Sightings April 2018

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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby IAC » Tue 24 Apr 2018 18:54

Go Abbie. .. :D Unstoppable. :)
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby georgehogg » Fri 27 Apr 2018 15:04

Tyne at Grants Braes /Burns' Well min 4 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock , often on butterbur.
Lammermuirs ,the stell just south of Snawdon , 1 Peacock ,also great success with the Emperor Moth lure.
On the way back a male Orange Tip on the roadside just before the thatched cottage south of Eaglescairnie.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Fri 27 Apr 2018 19:08

Wow, beautiful George!

I saw my first Comma of the year yesterday in Haddington.
On my transect today I saw my first Orange Tips of the year along with a couple of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells. On my way back I saw this half male/half female Orange Tip. Sadly, I was a bit slow with my new phone trying to get a picture, but at least I have a record of it. I will need to go back with my camera and see if I can find it again next week.
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Meanwhile a report of a Speckled Wood and Orange Tip from Andy yesterday and Abbie saw several Speckled Woods and Orange Tips today and a Red Admiral. :)
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby IAC » Fri 27 Apr 2018 19:33

On my way back I saw this half male/half female Orange Tip


Just WOW!!! Nick. A once in a lifetime gynandromorph Orange-tip. Find of the year so far by a good few miles and then some. That...is very worth refinding Nick. Stunning. :D


also great success with the Emperor Moth lure


Very well done George. I'm not having much luck at all so far. Thats a beauty as well....as they all are mind. :)
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Sat 28 Apr 2018 20:28

Thanks Iain,
Yes, it was a thrill to see it. I think it may be the same one as the first one I recorded on my transect, which looked a bit wonky when it was flying. I thought at first that it may have lost the top of one of its wings when it was flying, but it was very definitely marked like a female on the right wing. I would love to get a decent picture and see what the body is like.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby jpgn » Sun 29 Apr 2018 14:50

At least 2 Speckled Woods in Yellow Craig Plantation, Dirleton - early this afternoon
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby ricowells » Mon 30 Apr 2018 21:45

Short walk in Newhailes estate produced 1 small tortoiseshell on the edge of the "ladies walk". My first this year. Incidentally driving along willowbrae road on the way to Musselburgh a butterfly almost flew in the open window! It was getting severely buffeted but a brief flash of colour looked comma like.
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Re: East Lothian Sightings April 2018

Postby georgehogg » Mon 30 Apr 2018 23:13

Couple of male Orange Tip a Peacock and a bee fly along south side of Cuddie Wood this afternoon.(south of Butterdean)
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