Friday, 15 July 2016

Small Tortoiseshell and White-letter Hairstreak

Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae
On July 4th and 5th I visited Chiddingfold Forest where I met Mark on his local patch. There were plenty of butterflies, including a Small Tortoiseshell on the path.
 On July 14th I checked the path that runs by the Littlehampton Golf Course for White-letter Hairstreaks. I saw one here on 17th July last year nectaring on brambles and that is where I spotted one yesterday. They can spend over 10 minutes walking over a flower head, so can be difficult to see unless they fly.  This one landed 3 meters away while I waited for some action. I also saw a mass of tiny (2mm) larvae with eggs underneath a hogweed leaf. In the afternoon I visited Houghton Forest and found a hotspot where four male Silver-washed Fritillaries were nectaring on brambles. There were plenty of Red Admirals along the paths, some attracted by the plentiful dog faeces. I was pleased to find my first Essex Skipper of the year, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Whites, Large Skippers and a Peacock.
Chiddingfold Forest, July 4:
Black-tailed Skimmer ♂, Orthetrum cancellatum
Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana
Large Skipper ♂, Ochlodes sylvanus
Musk Mallow, Malva moschata
Orange Hawkweed, Pilosella aurantiaca
Rove beetle, Ocypus brunnipes
Wild Service Tree, Sorbus torminalis
Wild Service Tree
Littlehampton, July 14:
Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus
Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Small White, Pieris rapae
unidentified 2mm larvae and eggs under hogweed leaf
unidentified 2mm larvae and eggs under hogweed leaf

cocoon under hogweed leaf
White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
Peacock, Inachis io
White-letter Hairstreak, Satyrium w-album
Houghton Forest, July 14:
Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Silver-washed Fritillary ♂, Argynnis paphia

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