Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Last chance of a Long-tailed blue?

male Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus
Today seemed to be the last chance of a Long-tailed Blue sighting given the bad weather forecast for the rest of the week.  I arrived at Aldington Canal, Southwick at 11am. I was soon joined by Katrina, then Neil and other searchers. Neil spotted an LTB, swiftly followed by another, both males. They settled on the grass two meters apart at the top of the slope by the brick shelter at TQ24740501. I missed the female LTB that passed by and was immediately chased over the water by the very tatty male. A Clouded Yellow and a Common Blue joined the fun

Larval web of Brown-tail moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus
Dock Bug, Coreus marginatus
Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus
adult Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
Final instar nymph of Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina
Katrina and Long-tailed Blue
male Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus

Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus

Neil looking for the next appearance
Southwick power station

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