Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Kithurst meadow in full flower with butterflies

Pebble Prominent larva, Notodonta ziczac
Kithurst meadow looked wonderful yesterday with many butterflies on show: Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Peacock, Red Admiral, a few Chalk Hill Blues, Large skippers, Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Brimstone, Whites. Moths seen: an amazing Pebble Prominent larva (Notodonta ziczac) on Goat Willow, Dark Strawberry Tortrix and a new one for me -  Translucent Pearl (Paratalanta hyalinalis).
Alder Spittlebug, Aphrophora alni

Chalk Hill Blue, Polyommatus coridon

Common Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea

Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus

Gatekeeper getting away

Giant Bellflower, Campanula latifolia

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea

unidentified micro moth

Pebble Prominent larva, Notodonta ziczac

Pebble Prominent larva

Pebble Prominent larva on Goat Willow

Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis

Red Soldier beetles mating, Rhagonycha fulva

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus

Translucent Pearl, Paratalanta hyalinalis

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Butterflies and moths at Ditchling Common

White-backed Marble, Hedya salicella
Yesterday I visited Ditchling Common and was pleased to meet David Cook with grandson and Jamie Burston. Also Denise and James who attended my Iping Common walk last Saturday (to be blogged) - they had just seen many Dark Green Fritillaries at Lullington. Butterflies seen at Ditchling: a Purple Emperor above the oak by the lake, where I disturbed a Purple Hairstreak on a low branch, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Marbled White, Red Admiral. Moths: The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina), Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) and a new one: a tiny White-backed Marble (Hedya salicella).
Comma, Polygonia c-album

one of many habitats at Ditchling Common which now has all five British Hairstreaks!

Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella

Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina

Musk Mallow, Malva moschata

Orange Ladybird, Halyzia sedecimguttata

Red-legged Shieldbug, Pentatoma rufipe

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

The Dun-bar, Cosmia trapezina

Monday, 24 June 2019

Kithurst meadow blues

Small Blue, Cupido minimus
I visited Kithurst meadow on Friday and saw Small Blues, Common Blues a Large Skipper and Marbled Whites. There were many moths: Dark Strawberry Tortrix (the commonest moth on every site I visit), Clouded Border, Satin Grass Veneer, Straw Dot plus several micromoths which remain unidentified. At home several species visited our balcony: Common Plume, Small Dusty Wave, Willow Beauty.
unidentified bug

Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaeae

Clouded Border, Lomaspilis marginata

Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Common Green Capsid, Lygocoris pabulinus 

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea

unidentified Tortrix micromoth

unidentified Tortrix micromoth

unidentified Tortrix micromoth

unidentified medium-sized moth

pupa of case-bearing moth

Mirid bug, Orthotylus marginalis

Satin Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella

Small Blue, Cupido minimus

Straw Dot, Rivula sericealis
Balcony moths:
Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla

Small Dusty Wave, Idaea seriata

Willow Beauty, Peribatodes rhomboidaria

Friday, 21 June 2019

Dark Green Fritillaries and Marbled Whites

Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja

On Wednesday morning I visited Fairmile Bottom and met Neil Hulme who was also in pursuit of Dark Green Fritillaries. We saw many in flight and Neil was able to offer me a view of one roosting. Also seen were a Painted Lady, Meadow Browns, late emerging Grizzled Skippers, Marbled Whites, Common Blues and Large Skippers. Moths seen: Burnished Brass, Cinerous Pearl, Cinnabar, Common Plume, Dingy White Plume (Merrifieldia baliodactylus) - a Sussex rarity, Grey Gorse Piercer, many Hook-streak Grass-veneers, Meadow Grey, Red Piercer, Satin Grass-veneer, Yellow Shell.
Burnished Brass, Diachrysia chrysitis

Cinerous Pearl, Anania fuscalis

Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaeae

Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Common Milkwort, Polygala vulgaris

Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla

Common Spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Dactylorhiza fuchsii x praetermissa (Dactylorhiza x grandis)
 a cross between Common Spotted Orchid and Southern Marsh Orchid, common where these two species coexist


Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja

Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Dingy White Plume, Merrifieldia baliodactylus, a Sussex rarity

Dusky Cockroach, Ectobius lapponicus

Five-spot Burnet, Zygaena trifolii
Common Mouse-Ear, Cerastium fontanum

Garden Chafer, Phyllopertha horticola

Grey Gorse Piercer, Cydia ulicetana

Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae

Grizzled Skipper

Hook-streak Grass-veneer, Crambus lathoniellus

Large Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanus

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea

Marbled White take-off

Marbled White

Marbled White

Meadow Grey, Scoparia pyralella

Mirid bug, Calocoris roseomaculatus

Red Piercer, Lathronympha strigana

Satin Grass-veneer, Crambus perlella

Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata