Thursday, 31 July 2014

Silver-spotted Skippers at Cissbury Ring

female Silver-spotted Skipper, Hesperia comma
Yesterday afternoon I visited Cissbury Ring again and saw seven Silver-spotted Skippers. Two pairs were in flight, another flew on its own and two were roosting. Neil Hulme had alerted me a few days ago that the small colony he found there last year had grown considerably. You can read his full story about the expansion of the Silver-spotted Skippers in West Sussex here.
I also saw a Clouded Yellow twice, once on the path from the car park and once on the Silver-spotted Skipper meadow.

female Silver-spotted Skipper, Hesperia comma
female Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra coridon with Red Mite, Trombidium breei
view to the south

Marbled White, Melanargia galathea with Red Mite, Trombidium breei 
Pearl Veneer, Agriphila straminella
elderly female Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus 
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Tachina fly
Tachina fly - species id needed!

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