Fife Sightings June 2018

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Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Thu 14 Jun 2018 00:34

Anyone looking in here would think that Fife is a barren wilderness for butterflies.
Not so. I will attempt to remedy that impression with a few significant sightings of my own.
I will kick off with a first for me. My discovery of a small colony of Northern Brown Argus butterflies beside the Fife Coastal Path between Kinghorn and Burntisland.
Two were seen on the 6th. I returned on the 7th and counted 5.
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Northern Brown Argus
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Northern Brown Argus
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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Thu 14 Jun 2018 21:30

Fife commas
I photographed my first this year at Kinghorn Loch, Fife on 13th May 2018.
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First Comma of 2018
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Two further individuals were seen on 18/05/2018 at the same location.
Their markings show them to be three distinct individuals
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Second Comma
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Number 3
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A very tired, pale and worn individual was seen at the loch on 10/06/2018
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Number 4
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This is my largest tally of commas in a single year.
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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Fri 22 Jun 2018 10:56

Common Blues

First one, a male, seen at SWT Cullaloe on the 8th June
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Then on the 12th, a single male and a mating pair were seen east of West Wemyss
Their courtship dance comprised the female flying randomly about a localised area while the male attempted to mirror her moves but around 4" (10cm) directly below her. Occasionally, they would land a short distance apart before taking off again.
After about 10 minutes, it culminated in the expected pairing.
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Back at the same East Wemyss location on the 21st, I again found a single male and another mating pair.
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They seemed to have completed their purpose but it took more than 9 minutes for them to pull apart.

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I forgot to include this common blue that I found at Pettycur on the 15th.
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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby NickMorgan » Sat 23 Jun 2018 00:08

It's good to be receiving news from Fife. Sort of completes the picture of what is going on.
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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Sat 23 Jun 2018 00:13

The ringlets have finally emerged in Fife on Fri 22nd June 2018.
Five seen at Pettycur Bay (also two northern brown argus)

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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Sat 23 Jun 2018 00:26

NickMorgan wrote:It's good to be receiving news from Fife.

Thank you.
My hobby is photography and I'm interested in nature. Since I am seeing and photographing butterflies, I thought I may as well record them here since nobody else seemed to be covering Fife.
Unfortunately, I'm restricted by time so all excursions have to be short trips from Kirkcaldy. That meant I was unable to check on the green hairstreaks last month - too far away.
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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby DazedConfused » Sun 24 Jun 2018 22:52

There are some other people looking for butterflies in Fife!

At Elie today saw:
Green veined whites
Orange tip
Dark green fritillaries
Common Blue
Small heath
Small tortoiseshell
Ringlet
Meadow Brown
And the first time ever for me in Fife - Speckled Woods!
Couldn’t see any Northern Brown Argus on the cliffs as too windy?

Hope to post some pictures when I have a moment.

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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby DazedConfused » Sun 24 Jun 2018 23:04

Gen2 wrote:
NickMorgan wrote:It's good to be receiving news from Fife.

Thank you.
My hobby is photography and I'm interested in nature. Since I am seeing and photographing butterflies, I thought I may as well record them here since nobody else seemed to be covering Fife.
Unfortunately, I'm restricted by time so all excursions have to be short trips from Kirkcaldy. That meant I was unable to check on the green hairstreaks last month - too far away.


The Brunton Green Hairstreaks were in good numbers this year again?

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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Sun 24 Jun 2018 23:23

DazedConfused wrote:The Brunton Green Hairstreaks were in good numbers this year again.

The green hairstreak colony that I used to visit annually was just to the south of Falkland hill.
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Re: Fife Sightings June 2018

Postby Gen2 » Sun 24 Jun 2018 23:38

DazedConfused wrote:And the first time ever for me in Fife - Speckled Woods!


I have lived in Fife for 49 years and never seen a speckled wood here (I understand they occur just across the water in East Lothian) Though to be honest, I never really started looking until I retired 12 years ago.
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