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Identification of butterflies (group forum)


lawbert 12 1.8k 15 England
1 Jun 2011 5:53PM
Im no expert Scutter at all but I would say that your one is a Burnet Moth....of which there are a few variants.

Hopefully someone like Karen who is a lot more knowledgeable than me will give you a true ID soon.Smile

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 174 England
1 Jun 2011 7:02PM
Seeing my name I couldn't resist coming in! Grin

This is a Cream-Spot Tiger (Arctia villica) - they can be found in the South of the UK Smile Lucky you!!!
Scutter Plus
12 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 7:05PM
Fantastic Karen! My guess wasn't far off then! Just a shame it wouldn't sit still to have its picture taken properly but at least you can see all the marvellous colours!
KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 174 England
1 Jun 2011 7:11PM
It has got stunning colours - one I've yet to see!
lawbert 12 1.8k 15 England
25 Jun 2011 9:17PM
I have a Moth and Butterfly that need a confirmation ID

The First I believe may be a Privet Hawk Moth...It is a tired specimen and taken with my camera phone.

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The Butterfly I am thinking is a White Letter Hairstreak and again was a little tired as he climbed onto my finger quite happily...Taken again with my camera phone

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I have one more ask.....Grin

What are the best reference Guides (Bibles) for UK Butterflies, Moths, Dragons and Damsels.....I have a budget of about 90 so I really do want excellent reference books.

Thanks All....Paul
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
25 Jun 2011 10:23PM
A very battered and worn Privet Hawkmoth by the looks of things, a better specimen can be found in my p/f if your interested, and you're right with the White Letter Hairstreak.

Books wise I'd recommend as a starters:
Concise Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Martn Townsend and Paul Waring. ISBN 978-0-953199-6-5 12-95
Collins Field Guide to Butterflies, Britain and Europe, ISBN 0-00-718991-5 25-00
Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland by Steve Brooks, ISBN 0-953-13990-5 18-95
Collins Complete Guide to British Wildlife by Paul Sterry, ISBN0-00-220071-6 14-99

They're all good starters and would enable you to identify most things, I have a whole load more books on moths but these are really expensive and very specialist concerning micro moths.....
lawbert 12 1.8k 15 England
26 Jun 2011 3:37PM
Many Thanks for all that information Ade..Very much appreciatedGrin
nicktg 11 24 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2011 9:25PM

Quote:...What are the best reference Guides (Bibles) for UK Butterflies, Moths, Dragons and Damsels.....I have a budget of about 90 so I really do want excellent reference books.

Thanks All....Paul



Can I add to the list of books.

Britain's Butterflies By D. E. Newland, Rob Still , David Tomlinson ( ISBN-10: 190365730X ISBN-13: 978-1903657300) 17.05
Britain's Dragonflies By Dave Smallshire , Andy Swash (ISBN-10: 1903657296 ISBN-13: 978-1903657294) 14.16
British Moths and Butterflies: A Photographic Guide by Chris Manley (ISBN-10: 0713686367 ISBN-13: 978-0713686364) 18.66
British and Irish Butterflies: The Complete Identification, Field and Site Guide to the Species, Subspecies and Forms (ISBN-10: 0955392802 ISBN-13: 978-0955392801) 23.75

All available from Amazon.

Bit the ones Ade mentionios are worth it if only for Richard Lewington's paintings !

Nick
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
5 Aug 2011 1:38AM

Quote:British Moths and Butterflies: A Photographic Guide by Chris Manley (ISBN-10: 0713686367 ISBN-13: 978-0713686364) 18.66


I'll 2nd that, that's usually the first book I pull out for moths, but had forgotten that it has a very good section on Butterflies.....

Ade
lawbert 12 1.8k 15 England
5 Aug 2011 8:19PM
I havent got round to buying anything yet but I will do this week.Smile

Thank You Nick and Ade for all the recomendations....Wink


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