There were dozens of Gatekeepers on the brambles and prunus bushes, many Marble Whites and Meadow Browns, some Small Skippers, Large Whites, Small Coppers, Small Blues, Small Heaths and the final prize, a Grayling (top)
female Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Large White, Pieris brassicae
Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris
Yellow Pearl, Mecyna flavalis
There were many small yellow moths called Mecyna flavaliswhich are scarce and confined to chalk downland.
Six-spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae
Six Spot Burnets were everywhere
Six-spot Burnets mating, Zygaena filipendulae
this pair were resting on an old pupa
A pair of kestrels patrolled the valley and swooped down near the prunus bushes.
I took Bea to Chichester for a shop so we went our separate ways, kept meeting up by chance, and finally met by design at the Bishop’s Kitchen by the Cathedral where an exhibition by the Southern Ceramic Group was showing.
There were plenty of photo opportunities in the Cathedral area:
After an excellent light lunch at the Pallant Gallery (bubble & squeak with fried egg), we called in at The Oxmarket Centre of Arts, St Andrews Court and enjoyed one of the artists in the current exhibition, Frances Knight, who really appreciates light as seen in
"Crillon Le Brave an Mt Ventoux late afternoon 2" in Provence:
Frances will be showing in the Arundel gallery trail 20-30th August, 2010.
We also bought some note cards from another artist, Tricia Baldwin.
Left and right side of Pallant Gallery entrance in brown ceramics
On Saturday I joined a very enjoyable walk led by Michael and Clare at South Harting . Tom found some Essex Skippers for us among the Small Skippers and also a tall Wych Elm with resident White-letter Hairstreaks. We spent 30 minutes watching the tree top waiting for the next sun burst between clouds. Every time the sun shone through the little fellas would fly up and a spiralling pair would argue about territory.
male Silver-washed Fritillary with Brown Argus
female Silver-washed Fritillary
A pair of Silver-washed Fritillaries spiralled in a courtship dance. While they were resting I took a photo of the male and only noticed later that a Brown Argus had appeared in flight beside it.
A hover fly also pestered a resting Common Blue. A couple of dozen species were recorded during the day:
View of the Isle of Wight
This morning we had a club dig near Findon. Good weather with slight shower in the morning.
A stubble field produced nothing, and a pasture field provided a very worn 1890 Victoria halfpenny and a 1919 Penny in excellent condition.