Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Angle Shades and Long-tailed Blues

Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa
On Thursday I checked out several Long-tailed Blue sites with no success, including Southwick canal. Just after I arrived at Whitehawk Hill Neil phoned to say he had found one at Southwick at the same place I had checked an hour before!
  On Friday I met Mark at Arundel WWT for lunch and a wander round the hides and we spotted 4 Snipe and a Coal Tit. 
  On Sunday Mark found a male Long-tailed Blue at Whitehawk Hill, Brighton. Many other enthusiasts enjoyed seeing this rare UK sighting. It finally flew off when it warmed up. Later Katrina spotted it on the path and more photos were taken before it flew into the allotments. On the way to the site I checked the Lancing station site where Nick from Petersfield spotted an Angle Shades moth. It was still there when I returned in the afternoon and I found two more within a couple of metres of each other. On Monday morning there were still two left. I returned to Brighton and saw several Red Admirals and a Silver Y but no TLBs.
Widewater Wednesday:
 Mute Swan cygnets raised at Widewater
Southwick canal:
Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus
Honeysuckle, Lonicera caprifolium
Arundel WWT:
3 Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
Coal Tit, Periparus ater
Common Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
Shaggy Inkcap, Coprinus comatus
Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa
Angle Shades, early morning
Whitehawk Hill, Sunday:
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Common Vetch, Vicia sativa
Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana on privet
Light Brown Apple Moth
Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus

Long-tailed Blue

Long-tailed Blue on path
observing the LTB on the path
it flew away and everyone is trying to track it!
Spiked Shieldbug, Picromerus bidens
Lancing, Monday:
 Whitehawk Hill, Monday:
Autumn Bramble leaf, Rubus fruticosus

Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale 
Dark Bush Cricket ♀, Pholidoptera griseoaptera
Red Valerian, Centranthus ruber
Silver Y, Autographa gamma

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