Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Butterflies and moths at Ditchling Common

White-backed Marble, Hedya salicella
Yesterday I visited Ditchling Common and was pleased to meet David Cook with grandson and Jamie Burston. Also Denise and James who attended my Iping Common walk last Saturday (to be blogged) - they had just seen many Dark Green Fritillaries at Lullington. Butterflies seen at Ditchling: a Purple Emperor above the oak by the lake, where I disturbed a Purple Hairstreak on a low branch, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Comma, Marbled White, Red Admiral. Moths: The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina), Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) and a new one: a tiny White-backed Marble (Hedya salicella).
Comma, Polygonia c-album

one of many habitats at Ditchling Common which now has all five British Hairstreaks!

Garden Grass-veneer, Chrysoteuchia culmella

Lesser Stitchwort Stellaria graminea

Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina

Musk Mallow, Malva moschata

Orange Ladybird, Halyzia sedecimguttata

Red-legged Shieldbug, Pentatoma rufipe

Ringlet, Aphantopus hyperantus

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

The Dun-bar, Cosmia trapezina

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