|Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus|
Brianne Reeve of the Shoreham District Ornithological Society gave a guided tour of the Mill Hill Nature reserve in the morning. She was very knowledgeable and gave the group a very informative account of the birds, plants and butterflies we encountered.
Two buzzards were soaring overhead and heard the male Chiff Chaff call and the female answer. Also a Chetti’s Warbler called from the far side of the meadow at the foot of the hill.
|Fairy Flax, Linum catharticum|
|Bastard-toadflax, Thesium humifusum|
Bastard Toadflax is so small that to view with a magnifying lens you have to get close!
|Dropwort, Filipendula vulgaris|
We learnt that Yellow Rattle controls coarse grasses and now know what fumitory, Milkwort, Dropwort, Fairy Toadflax and Bastard Toadflax look like.
There were also Adonis Blues. Two Dingy Skippers were courting for at least five minutes, fluttering in the air together just above the ground.
There were many Common Blues on the hill, some mating.
A leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus aureolus, buried itself in this flower
Caterpillar of The Lackey moth Malacosoma neustria
I then went on to
to join a species survey. As I have no special expertise in any field outside butterflies I joined two expert entomologists, Peter and Graham. Pickings were sparse, no doubt due to the artificial habitat, but some interesting finds were made. Stanmer Park
|Black-headed Cardinal beetle, Pyrochroa coccinea|
My main contribution apart from some common ladybird species (Two Spot, Harlequin) was finding a Black Headed Cardinal Beetle above, a magnificent creature 2 cms long. Apparently this is a nationally rare species, though common in
|Red-headed Cardinal beetle, pyrochroa serraticornis|
|Orange Ladybird, Halyzia sedecimguttata|
|Yellow Dung fly, Scatophaga stercoraria|
The following images show a female Common Blue that landed on a meadow of Cow Parsely, grass and buttercup in the woodland
|Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus with Glyphipterix micromoth|