Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Moths and Bowls

Ground Weevil, Barynotus obscurus
On August 5th I did my Mill Hill transect, then visited the Steyning Bowls Club to give a short talk to the members about Sussex Search and Rescue. The Bowls Club made us their charity beneficiary for the proceeds from the day's raffle and tombola. They were a very welcoming group, I enjoyed the experience and SusSAR appreciate their support.
  Afterwards I visited Steyning Downland and found plenty of moths.
Mill Hill:
Bright Bell, Eucosma hohenwartiana
Chalk Hill Blue ♀, Polyommatus coridon
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Mother of Pearl, Pleuroptya ruralis
Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella
Straw-barred Pearl, Pyrausta despicata
Wall, Lasiommata megera
Steyning Bowls Club
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Cuckoo-pint berries, Arum maculatum
Dexter cattle
Dexter cattle
Ground Weevil, Barynotus obscurus
Harlequin Ladybird pupa, Harmonia axyridis
Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis
Holly Blue ♀, Celastrina argiolus
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
Small Fan-footed Wave, Idaea biselata
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata

Clouded Yellows, Adonis Blues and moths

Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus
I have noticed some interesting moths outside the flat recently: Brown House Moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, Rusty Dot Pearl, Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Rusty Dot Pearl, Marbled Green, Common Plume.
  On 21st August I joined 3 other SusSAR members at Arundel to marshal the road closures closing off the town centre for the start of the Arundel Festival. Marshalling events is one way we raise funds to enable Sussex Search  & Rescue to operate. We are a self funding charity run 100% by about 50 volunteers who give up their time to turn up 24/7 when Sussex Police call us out to search for missing, vulnerable people in the county.
  On Sunday I joined our detecting club on a dig and found a broken James I sixpence which is a very worn hammered silver coin plus a copper finger ring.
  My Mill Hill transect on Monday provided some pleasant surprises: Adonis Blue 27, Chalk Hill Blue 5, Clouded Yellow 2, Common Blue 8, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown 73, Small Heath 16, Whites 3, moths: Common Carpet, Common Grass-veneer, Silver Y, Common Purple and Gold, Treble-bar, Yellow Shell. The Clouded Yellows had a brief battle at one point. I also found a White which looked unusual - it didn't appear to have a black mark on the corner of the forewing. After looking closely and taking photos I believe this may be a Small White referable to ab. maculata. The problem is that it is very worn - a spot on the forewing has lost many of its black scales.
Littlehampton moths:
Brown House Moth, Hofmannophila pseudospretella
Common Rough Woodlouse, Porcellio scaber
unidentified harvestman
it has only 7 legs and I say hello to my friend as I pass by each day
Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana
Rusty Dot Pearl, Udea ferrugalis
unidentified midge
Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer, Agriphila geniculea
Marbled Green, Cryphia muralis
Missing Sector Spider, Zygiella x-notata
Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla
Arundel Festival day


detecting finds:
16-Spot Ladybird, Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata
16-Spot Ladybird, 2mm long
James I sixpence
James I (1603-1625), silver, Weight: 1.84g, Diameter: 26mm
Obverse Legend: some letters of this visible: IACOBUS D G ANG SCO FRAN ET HIB REX
    (James by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland)
Reverse Legend: some letters of this visible: EXURGAT DEUS DISSIPENTUR INIMICI
    (Let God arise and His enemies be scattered)
Adonis Blue ♂, Polyommatus bellargus
Adonis Blue ♂
Adonis Blue ♂
Adonis Blue ♂, Polyommatus bellargus and Flesh fly, Sarcophaga species
Black Slug, Arion ater agg.
Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus
Common Grass-veneer, Agriphila tristella
Common Purple and Gold, Pyrausta purpuralis
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Treble-bar, Aplocera plagiata
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata
Small White, referable to ab. maculata