Tuesday, 17 July 2012

White-letters, Chalkhills and a Peacock

White-letter Hairstreak, Satyrium w-album
This morning the cloud covering the sky cleared and blue sky appeared. This was my cue to head to Hollingbury Park, Brighton to find a White-letter Hairstreak. I had seen one last Wednesday and Friday and I needed photos. After an hour of pacing around I turned my attention to beetles, then looked up and saw my quarry nectaring on thistle right in front of me. I pursued it for 90 minutes and just after it flew into the middle of the nettle patch Jamie joined me. The clouds were now covering the sky again. I also saw a worn Red Admiral, Meadow Browns and a Green-veined White.
I then visited Mill Hill. As soon as I dropped onto the lower slopes I saw my first Chalkhill Blue of the year. This was followed by another ten plus a magnificent Peacock, Meadow Browns, Small Heath, Gatekeepers, Green-veined and Large Whites. 
Hollingbury Park
Red Admiral that has seen better days
Red Soldier beetle, Rhagonycha fulva
Red Soldier beetles mating, Rhagonycha fulva
White-letter Hairstreak, Satyrium w-album

Mill Hill:
male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon
male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon
male Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon

Mill Hill from the bottom
Peacock, Inachis io
young Rabbit blind with myxomatosis


  1. Great photos Colin,Where in Hollingbury Park did you find the White-letter Hairstreak?

    Joaquim Pinho

  2. Thanks Joaquim. It was near the tennis courts GR: TQ31430735. There is a patch of brambles, thistles and nettles in front of the elms. good hunting.

  3. Thanks Colin.


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