Monday, 8 August 2011

Silver-spotted Skippers at Malling Down

Silver-spotted Skipper
This morning I called in at Malling Down by Lewes to search for the Silver-spotted Skippers. The literature says south facing slopes, nectaring on Thistle. I found two on the south facing slope in two hours, then on the way back to the path I checked the chalk pits and found three more. I then headed to Eastbourne to collect Aunt Bea and we returned made our way back along the pretty coastal route by Beachy Head and Newhaven.

Silver-spotted Skipper
Dwarf Thistle, a favourite nectaring flower of the SSS
mating Gatekeepers
day flying moth
Silver-spotted Skipper
view over Lewes

worn Gatekeeper with red mites

Common Toadflax Linaria vulgaris

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