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Monday 30 June 2014

Insects (Dark green fritillary, skipper etc.) on Newtimber hill in Sussex yesterday

Newtimber hill is an area of open access land and a haven for butterflies and downland plants.
On our ascent we spotted a Speckled wood butterfly and a Comma.
A Green-veined white enjoyed the warm sunshine
plus scores of Meadow browns.
 Perhaps a dozen Dark green fritillary butterflies flew rapidly past and one settled just long enough to photograph.

  Large skippers were flying in good numbers as we ate a picnic lunch;
plus a Cinnabar moth and caterpillar.

There are ponds on the top of the hill and we saw a Southern Hawker (below) nearby.

With Scabious flowers opening, six-spot burnet moths and unidentified flies were feasting on the nectar.

Although we failed to spot any Frog orchids, this was a great walk in near perfect weather.
It was a bit windy but that was perfect for the many para-gliders flying to the west of us.

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