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Title: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on September 22, 2014, 09:02:58 pm
These are both recent pictures taken at Gobions but I am struggling to identify them. I have no idea how to approach naming the fungi though a friend suggested it was upbrella lampostii - I am sure someone out there can do better. According to my book the butterfly is an Adonis Blue but others have said it could be a Common Blue. Does anyone know how to tell them apart? This picture is a composite of two shots of the same butterfly and the side an top view are of the same fungi specimen.   
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Nobby on September 22, 2014, 11:00:01 pm
Webman, the butterfly is a male Common Blue. In the Adonis Blue, the white fringes to the wings have thin black lines cutting through. As you can see in the picture, the white fringes are not cut into little sections by black lines. The Adonis Blue has more brilliant coloration. It is also a rare butterfly limited in range to south-facing downland slopes, and would not be found in wooded environments unlike the Common Blue which has more catholic habitat preferences.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Editor on September 23, 2014, 03:38:14 am
Hi Webman, excellent pictures. How did you do the butterfly composite and what camera and lens setting did you use? David
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on September 23, 2014, 01:11:35 pm
Thanks, Nobby. Do both butterflies have the same underwing markings or has my book mixed up the pictures?
David, I used 'layer masks' for composite pictures in GIMP or Adobe Elements. I'll look up the camera settings and send them later.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Nobby on September 24, 2014, 07:50:03 pm
Hi Webman - there are lots of shots of upper and under-sides for both species at http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=icarus (http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=icarus)
With regards to the under-sides of the male the two species look pretty similar to me.
 
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on September 25, 2014, 08:17:56 am
Thanks Nobby that is a useful site. Here is my favourite picture from the summer which demonstrates how butterflies can camouflage themselves as flowers to fool predators    ;D
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification
Post by: Webman on June 28, 2015, 01:16:54 pm
This appeared in the garden yesterday. I am pretty sure it is a white admiral though there are other similarly marked butterfies in my book.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Editor on June 28, 2015, 02:44:42 pm
Amazing pictures Webman. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. David
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Nobby on June 28, 2015, 06:35:24 pm
It's a White Admiral - lucky you. I see them occasionally in Northaw Great Wood.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on July 08, 2015, 04:36:45 pm
This is a recent photo taken in Gobions wood of a large fungus (8 inches across). Can't find it in my books yet but still working on a name. It appears to have a brown soup in the bottom which is collecting flies - is it a carnivorous fungus?
Also caught a Large Skipper in the field. The area seems to be a bit thin on butterflies at the moment, though.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Albert Ross on July 09, 2015, 08:28:39 pm
Could be polyporus squamosus mushroom.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on August 02, 2015, 05:46:49 pm
Well spotted! That certainly looks like a good match. Most pictures in my books are of younger specimens and concentrate on the 'pheasant back' pattern so not easy to spot. Thanks
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on October 01, 2016, 10:16:21 am
Its that time of year again and here is my first fungi of the year. I also wondered if anyone can put a name to this moth? I've gone through hundred on online pictures and my books. It must be indigenous as it is exactly 1 inch long.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Editor on October 01, 2016, 11:04:56 am
It's a large Ranunculus (http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/polymixis-flavicincta), according to Chris Bishop @ChrisBish76 (https://twitter.com/ChrisBish76) and Chris Farthing @Chris_Farthing (https://twitter.com/Chris_Farthing/status). Thanks to both.


Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Editor on October 01, 2016, 11:19:56 am
While we are at it, and not trying to compete with Webman for pictures (who could), does anyone know what type of moth this is? Spotted on our back door window last week.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Albert Ross on October 01, 2016, 11:46:36 am
I think it is an Angle Shades (Phlogophora Meticulosa) as we have seen them around - look like an autumn leaf.
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Editor on October 01, 2016, 11:48:48 am
I think it is an Angle Shades (Phlogophora Meticulosa) as we have seen them around - look like an autumn leaf.

Thanks Albert
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Webman on October 02, 2016, 10:07:59 am
Thank you Chris, Chris and Editor. Neither of my moth books had that one listed - now on their way to a charity shop - I love some of the other names though. In particular I would like to see a "tufted bird dropping", "common idia" or even an "implicit arches".
Title: Re: Butterfly and fungi identification required please
Post by: Editor on October 02, 2016, 02:28:42 pm
I think it is an Angle Shades (Phlogophora Meticulosa) as we have seen them around - look like an autumn leaf.

Confirmed by @BritishMoths (https://twitter.com/BritishMoths/).