Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Hummingbird at Cissbury Ring

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

A visit to Cissbury Ring yielded some interesting sights. Dark Green Fritillaries were everywhere on the top but gave few chances to photograph them. I found  a few nectaring. Then a Small Skipper perched on a ragwort flower and a hungry Crab Spider tickled it. A Stonechat perched on the top of various bushes accompanied by a female. Then I spotted a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. The last time I saw one was in 1983 in Dhahran. This was a challenging moth to photograph, but I managed to get a few shots at 1/2000 and 1/4000 second.
a Forester moth Adscita spp.

Dark Green Fritillary

Stonechat - male and female

caught in flight
view east to the Seven sisters
The chimney is Shoreham Power Station, beyond that is Brighton.
view south-west to Littlehampton (tower block)
Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary
Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Crab Spider Xysticus cristatus with Small Skipper

Crab Spider Xysticus cristatus
larva of Cinnabar moth
Dark Green Fritillary
larvae of Cinnabar moth with Crab Spider Xysticus cristatus

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