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Harold I take your point and have edited my remarks, I am sure many people say worse things about ***** than that
I have modified mine too, accordingly.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Peter,

Lovely textures and saturated colours.

In theory, I could take you up on that offer. I also keep meaning to visit the New Forest. Good intentions...

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Lovely textures and saturated colours.

In theory, I could take you up on that offer. I also keep meaning to visit the New Forest. Good intentions...

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Well the one I know well is this one. If a few people were interested I would check it out the day before and see if the colony is still OK. It was very bad last year.

It is also a site for Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary (inc var Valezina) and White Admiral. But not all at the same time!

I am trying to plan a few more longer trips myself but have never had much luck with the New Forest.
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Those are the species (not sure about the hairstreak) that I used to (1960s?) easily see in a wood half an hour south of here. A year or two ago I saw some Fritillaries on the sunny edge there but, without venturing in very far, the original wide rides seemed to be narrowed to footpaths, unsuitable for those butterflies.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Mr and Mrs Privet Hawk moth. I have never seen a pair before or since.

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Mr and Mrs Privet Hawk moth. I have never seen a pair before or since.
Excellent condition.

The name suggests that they should be common but, if I ever saw one, it was not in recent decades. The species most often encountered is the Large Elephant Hawk.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

There is something in our garden that attracts the larger moths, and, as I leave it mainly as nature intended, enjoy their visits.
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Mr and Mrs Privet Hawk moth. I have never seen a pair before or since.

I have never seen even a single, let alone a pair. I can feel the occasion even now. So pleased for you.

And Imagery Towers sounds wonderful too. Please share some pictures.

As pop Larkin says 'perfect' (well he was more lyrical but I haven't read it in a while...)
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I can see why it is a haven. I prefer to show shots of mine at night or close up shots of the good bits.

But I can show all sorts of wildlife, with just a touch of garden in. The two mating hedgehogs is a good way of seeing the lawn.

Link to the gallery picture - as it isn't an insect This too is a haven

So we should expect a lot more moth pictures...from Imagery Towers reserve
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The two mating hedgehogs is a good way of seeing the lawn.

Link to the gallery picture - as it isn't an insect
Nice capture. Did you record the sound too? They make a lot of noise, at least before the main event.

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No I was too busy trying to get the focus to work in the dark!

There was noise and it all sounded happy and consensual....

Is there a name for those that watch...? perhaps ...hogging...
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I was actually surprised by how few shots I could find of the garden, like yourselves I tend to look for the wild life etc first and foremost.
So far, in the 12 years we have been here,I have recorded 47 varieties of bird in the garden, including, Just once for 15 seconds a Hobby

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I have recorded 47 varieties of bird in the garden, including, Just once for 15 seconds a Hobby
If you are going to attract another Hobby then you will need to encourage more dragonflies. You can then share action shots...here and in the communal bird thread.
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We do see a few Dragonflies,most of the surrounding properties have large ponds .

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