I visited Kithurst meadow near Storrington on Saturday to photograph butterflies and moths. I was delighted to find some old friends in the micromoth category: Cocksfoot Moth, Common Marble, Common Nettle-tap, Hemp-agrimony Conch, Mint Moth, Twin-barred Knot-horn and White-barred Gold plus an aberrant orange Nettle-tap moth which I can find no reference for. Also an early instar Vapourer larva and a Yellow-barred Brindle.
|White-barred Gold, Micropterix aruncella|
I saw 10 butterflies species: Orange-tip, Common Blue, Small Blue, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Dingy Skipper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood.
One Small Heath flew into a spider's web and was quickly dealt with. This is the first time I have had a good view of a Small Heath's upper wings.
There were several Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetles and Cucumber Spiders on the vegetation.
|Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni|
|Brown Argus, Aricia agestis|
|Cocksfoot Moth, Glyphipterix simpliciella|
|Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus|
|Common Marble, Celypha lacunana|
| aberrant Common Nettle-tap, Anthophila fabriciana |
|Common Nettle-tap normal form|
|Cucumber Green Spider, Araniella species|
|Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle, Agapanthia villosoviridescens|
|Hemp-agrimony Conch, Cochylidia rupicola|
|Mint Moth, Pyrausta aurata nectaring on Germander Speedwell|
|Small Blue, Cupido minimus|
|Small Heath in spider's web, Coenonympha pamphilus |
|Twin-barred Knot-horn, Homoeosoma sinuella|
|Vapourer larva, early instar, Orgyia antiqua|
|Yellow-barred Brindle, Acasis viretata|