Sunday, 3 August 2014

Brookfield Park yields Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
On Thursday I decided to complete some of the empty tetrads for the Sussex Butterfly Atlas. Linda joined me and proved to be an good spotter. We started at Brookfield Park, Littlehampton, which is an excellent conservation park with several wildflower areas. I recorded Essex Skipper, Small White, Common Blue, Painted Lady (spotted by Linda) and Small Tortoiseshell. At a site near Climping Linda spotted a pair of mating Red-tailed Bumblebees.

According to this website, Brookfield Park was created as a country park 1997-2000 and features a well established lake, wildflower meadows, young maturing trees, wildlife and several play areas.

On Friday I returned to Brookfield Park with Sue and added a Clouded Yellow to the count. Later I visited a new area at the National Trust's Slindon Estate where I found Small Skipper, Common Blue, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. 
Brookfield Park:
juvenile Black-headed Gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
Climping area:
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Red-tailed Bumblebees mating, Bombus lapidarius
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
Small Tortoiseshells, Aglais urticae
Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae

Friday at Brookfield Park:

Chicory, Cichorium intybus
Chicory, Cichorium intybus
Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus
Field Scabius, Knautia arvensis
Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Wild Carrot, Daucus carota
Wild Carrot, Daucus carota

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

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