Wednesday, 19 April 2023

A walk in Rewell Wood

Peacock, Inachis io
This morning I went for a walk in Rewell Wood. There were plenty of flowers to photograph, including a new one for me, the Barren Strawberry. Also some insects on the flowers and a Peacock butterfly to photograph. I also saw a Brimstone but couldn't get near it.

Ant on Spurge, Euphorbia species

Barren Strawberry, Potentilla sterilis

Bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Wood Violet, Viola riviniana

Wood Forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica

Wood Anemones

Wood Anemones, Anemone nemorosa 

bee on Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Spurge, Euphorbia species


Primrose, Primula vulgaris

Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria

Dark-edged Bee-fly, Bombylius major on Primrose

Caddisfly, Limnephilus auricula on Broom

Broom, Cytisus scoparius


Tuesday, 21 February 2023

A visit to the Middleton Butterfly House

Cethosia cyane, Leopard Lacewing

Last week I visited Middleton Butterfly House near Ditchling, Sussex. I managed to photograph 20 tropical butterfly species plus The Jungle Nymph, the world's largest stick insect which is longer than your hand. It happened to be half term and this was an excellent experience for the children who enjoyed having butterflies land on them and having The Jungle Nymph placed on their hand.

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Anartia amathea, Scarlet Peacock

Archaeoprepona demophon, One-spotted Prepona 

Catonephele numilia female, Grecian Shoemaker

Catonephele numilia male, Grecian Shoemaker 

Danaus chrysippus, Plain Tiger

Hamadryas februa. Gray Cracker

Hamadryas laodamia, Starry Cracker

Heliconius hortense, Mexican Longwing 

Heliconius ismenius, Tiger-striped Longwing

Heliconius melpomene, The Postman

Heliconius melpomene, The Postman

Heliconius melpomene, The Postman

Hypolimnas bolina, Great Eggfly

Idea leuconoe, The Paper Kite

Morpho peleides, Blue Morpho

mating Morpho peleides, Blue Morpho

Myscelia species, Blue Wing or Blue Wave

Papilio lowi, Asian Swallowtail

Papilio lowi, Asian Swallowtail
Parthenos sylvia, The Clipper

Tirumala limniace, Blue Tiger

Siproeta stelenes, Malachite

Siproeta epaphus, The Rusty-tipped Page

The Jungle Nymph, Heteropteryx dilatata

The Jungle Nymph, nymph, Heteropteryx dilatata

the pond

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal presented to Sussex Search & Rescue members

Last Thursday I attended a Sussex Search & Rescue training session in Ashdown Forest. Part of the evening was devoted to a presentation of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal to 28 members who have completed 5 years of voluntary service to the team. The medals were presented by Sussex Chief Constable Jo Shiner and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.