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N.E.London yesterday, Silver-washed Fritillary meets Birder ''Head-On''

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Old Friday 12th July 2019, 22:56   #1
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N.E.London yesterday, Silver-washed Fritillary meets Birder ''Head-On''

Whilst out Birding yesterday I bumped into a colleague who had discovered a couple of Silver-washed Fritillaries, one of which had made repeated landings on his head!

He mentioned that he had applied sunscreen factor 50 before leaving the house and had been trying unsuccessfully to image the SWF (with his phone...not easy ). After a circa ten minute wait we were duly given a last repeat performance, which I was fortunate enough to image to the delight of both of us.

I don't know if SWF has been recorded doing this before, I presume the ''cocktail'' of chemical ingredients must have been proving irresistible on this occasion?

I suggested that he might try the same (albeit of a different composition) for Purple Emperor...needless to say he thought he might give that one a miss.
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A lot of species do this, we had a Heath Fritllary that we literally, could not shake off.

It sat on our camera bag as we walked back to the car and just would not budge, I had to remove it so we could drive home and Poplar Admiral, nearly always, land on my shoes.
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Interesting that in the SWF and in your HF shot andy, they both appear to be “nectaring” with their respective proboscis?
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Interesting that in the SWF and in your HF shot andy, they both appear to be “nectaring” with their respective proboscis?
Would they be looking for salt( Andy does sweat a lot I’ve heard)
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Would they be looking for salt( Andy does sweat a lot I’ve heard;))
Hmm, I can think of a reply involving your wife but it may come across as tasteless (unlike my shoes) so will refrain but I do owe you.................
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Interesting that in the SWF and in your HF shot andy, they both appear to be “nectaring” with their respective proboscis?
As does the Poplar Admiral.
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Nice story, Ken. Here's a Jersey Tiger on the back of a friend's head.
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Nice story, Ken. Here's a Jersey Tiger on the back of a friend's head.
Looking suitably “strand-ed” Graham.
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