Thursday 22 August 2019

Willow Emerald Damselfly and a Comma larva

Willow Emerald Damselfly, Chalcolestes viridis
We visited Woods Mill on 16th where I found a Comma larva. On 17th at a metal detecting dig I saw many black larvae on the leaves of a crop which turned out to be Turnip Sawfly larvae. On 19th during a walk round the Whiteways meadow I spotted a well worn Silver-washed Fritillary. On 21st I attended a kids event at Halewick Park, Lancing on behalf of Butterfly Conservation and met enthusiastic families who enjoy nature walks. Hopefully I was able to enthuse them about butterflies and the importance of conservation. Afterwards I visited Woods Mill and spotted a Sussex rarity, the Willow Emerald Damselfly, for the first time. At Beeding cement works I found a tiny Pea Moth (Cydia nigricana) on an Everlasting Pea flower  plus a couple of Cochylimorpha species moths (9mm long) on the clump of pea plants.
Comma 5th instar larva, Polygonia c-album

Woods Mill
Turnip Sawfly larva, Athalia rosae
acorn of Pedunculate Oak, Quercus robur 

Silver-washed Fritillary male, Argynnis paphia

Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis

Halewick Park

Holly Blue, Celastrina argiolus

Pea Moth, Cydia nigricana at Beeding CW

Cochylimorpha species at Beeding CW

Ragwort Flea Beetle, Longitarsus jacobaeae at Beeding CW

Small White, Pieris rapae

Wall male, Lasiommata megera
Woods Mill
Mirid bug, Apolygus lucorum

Ruddy Darter male, Sympetrum sanguineum

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