Monday, 22 August 2011

Malling Down and Steyning

Small Heath
A cloudy sky was not a promising start to the day, but I decided to take a chance and visited Malling Down near Lewes. I saw two Silver-spotted Skippers near the chalk pits, but they were skittish and provided no photo opportunities. When it started raining I headed home and called into Steyning Rifle Range where I met five other butterfly hunters who reported some sightings of Brown Hairstreaks on high but nothing on the ground. I saw two adders, including a juvenile, and two slow-worms under a mat.
Malling Down:
Meadow Brown
Agriphila selasella moth
Chalk pit
Common Toadflax Linaria vulgaris
Common Toadflax in foreground
White Campion Silene alba
mating Meadow Browns
Marjoram Origanum vulgare
Steyning Rifle Range:
courtship of Green-veined Whites
see slideshow for full sequence
Hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum
Roman snail
7 spot ladybird
view of Steyning to east
2 slow-worms

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