Saturday, 21 May 2011

Mill Hill transect

Friday was the day for my butterfly transect on Mill Hill. I recorded 1 Brimstone, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Grizzled Skipper, 5 Small Heaths, 69 Adonis Blues and 11 Common Blues. I also saw over 20 large caterpillars.
White Campion
Greenbottle Lucilia Caesar
Adonis Blue 
very worn Peacock 
Adonis Blue taking off 
larvae of The Mullein moth Shargacucullia verbasci 
(with thanks to Michael Blencowe for the id)

the larvae were on this foodplant, Common Mullein Verbascum thapsus
Holly Blue 
Common Vetch Vicia sativa
female Adonis Blue 
Adonis Blues mating 
Milkwort Polygala vulgaris
On Saturday morning I attended a photocall at Sainsburys, Horsham where SusSAR were presented with a cheque for  over £5,000 which Sainsburys staff had kindly raised in support of the work that SuSSAR do. We had photographers from the local press which should raise awareness of what SusSAR is and the work we do.

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