Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Kithurst meadow in full bloom

Peacock, Inachis io
On Monday afternoon I visited Kithurst meadow which is in splendid condition and full of chalk downland flora. I saw 17 species of butterflies: Brimstones, Brown Argus, Chalk Hill Blues, Comma, Dark Green Fritillary, Essex Skipper, Gatekeepers, Green-veined White, Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Peacocks, Red Admirals, Ringlets, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Skipper, Small Whites, Speckled Wood. moths seen: Dark Strawberry Tortrix (Celypha lacunana), Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis).
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Chalk Hill Blue female, Polyommatus coridon

Chalk Hill Blue male, Polyommatus coridon

Common Froghopper, Philaenus spumarius

Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara without tail

Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis aglaja

Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana

Enchanter's Nightshade, Circaea lutetiana

Essex Skipper, Thymelicus lineola

Field Scabius, Knautia arvensis

galls on Bramble leaves 

Gatekeeper female, Pyronia tithonus


Green-veined White, Pieris napi

Hogweed flowers, Heracleum sphondylium

Hogweed flowers

Kithurst meadow

Kithurst meadow

woodland path

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina

Mother of Pearl, Pleuroptya ruralis

Peacock, Inachis io

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus

Slender St John's-wort, Hypericum pulchrum

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

White Crab Spider, Misumena vatia

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