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Wednesday 27 July 2016

A very fine Sussex walk: part two: Butterflies and bonking beetles in Friston forest,Sussex, UK

From Friston pond cross the road and take the path down the hill, past Friston Place to Friston Hill.
Red Admiral
Here is a paradise for insects. [My trousers were sprayed with DEET against ticks, which I had already picked up in Ireland and Italy in the past.]
Small Heath
Meadow Brown

Small copper

Small copper

Chalkhill blue

Meadow brown

Six spot Burnet Moth

Large skipper

Essex skipper

Chalkhill blue

Chalkhill blue

Formica fusca, large black ants characteristic of a forest edge.

The Common Red Soldier Beetle, Rhagonycha fulva, otherwise known as the Hogweed bonking beetle doing what they do best.

The Common Red Soldier Beetle, Rhagonycha fulva

Flesh fly; the female lays young larvae instead of eggs into carrion
Six-spot Burnet moths were all over the Downs.  More of our lovely Bellflowers there in part three to follow.

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