Monday, 23 July 2012

Kithurst, Mill Hill and Southwater

male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon

I returned to KIthurst Hill early on Sunday and again enjoyed the prolific Chalkhill Blues shimmering among the flowers and grasses. In addition there was a Green-veined White, Large Skippers, Marbled Whites, mating Meadow Browns, a Red Admiral and very tatty Small Copper.
I then completed my weekly transect at Mill Hill and was struck by the low numbers of Chalkhills compared to Kithurst. Transect count: Chalkhill Blue: male 24, female 2; Gatekeeper 2, Large White 4, Marbled White 1, Meadow Brown 15, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 2, Small Heath 4, Small White 1. There were Cinnabar larvae on ragwort.
Finally I went to Southwater Woods and saw a Purple Emperor and Purple Hairstreak at the top of the Trout Lane master oak. A Holly Blue drifted across. There was plenty of White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.
Kithurst Hill:
male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon

male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon

male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon

male Green-veined White, Pieris napi
The meadow looking south

Large Skipper, Ochlodes faunus
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea
Marbled White, Melanargia galathea
female Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Meadow Browns mating, Maniola jurtina
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalant
Red Poppies, Papaver rhoeas
Silver Y moth, Autographa gamma
tatty Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas

Mill Hill:
Cinnabar caterpillar, Tyria jacobaeae
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
view towards Shoreham and the sea
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
Peacock, Inachis io
Peacock and female Small White, Pieris rapae
female Small White, Pieris rapae
Southwater Woods:
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Purple Emperor, Apatura iris
Silver-washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia
White Admiral, Limenitis camilla
White Admiral, Limenitis camilla


  1. Kithurst Hill is looking fantastic at the moment and your photographs capture it beautifully. I paticularly like the first Chalkhill Blue photo. I think that bringing the background into the picture, rather than 'blurring' it out, helps to make it special.

    Best wishes,


  2. Thanks Paul, your Small Blue spot was a great find.


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