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Wednesday 24 August 2016

Butterflies and other creatures on The Caburn, East Sussex, UK, yesterday, including "The Pride of Sussex" flower and Blue Butterflies, Silver-spotted Skippers and more.

 The walk from Firle to the top.
Common Blue butterfly

Silver Y moth

Chalkhill Blue butterfly

Silver Y moth

Silver Y moth with a Meadow Brown butterfly

Meadow Brown

Small Skipper ?

Silver-spotted Skipper

Painted Lady butterfly.

Painted Lady butterfly.

The "Pride of Sussex", Round-headed Rampion, the County flower of Sussex

The "Pride of Sussex", Round-headed Rampion, the County flower of Sussex

Common Green Grasshopper

Common Green Grasshopper

 In a vain search for crickets, I walk to the bottom and up again.
Yellow Belle moth

Yellow Belle moth


Common blue

Common blue

Clouded Yellow butterfly

Clouded Yellow butterfly


Sunday 21 August 2016

Native Gentians and Bellflowers on an eight miles walk in the Surrey Hills today

Yellow Wort, Blackstonia perfoliata, (a native Gentian) with the view to Norbury Park where we walk later.
 It was about eight miles and lots of steep inclines from Burford Bridge in the glorious Surrey Hills on a circular walk to Box Hill, Juniper Top, Mickleham Down, (beer break at the very pleasant King William IV Bar & Pub, Byttom Hill, Mickleham, RH5 6EL), the Mole Valley - Norbury Park:

Clustered Bellflower, Campanula glomerata

Harebells, Campanula rotundifolia

Autumn Gentian, Gentianella amarella just opening.

The view from Juniper Top to Norbury Park.

Clustered Bellflowers

Nettle-leaved Bellflower, Campanula trachelium in the woods of Norbury Park.

Yellow Wort

These chalk Downlands and woods are full of beautiful flowers and views with some strenuous hills to climb: an area that is well worth exploring again and again.

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Damselflies & Dragonflies in West Sussex this week

Wakehurst Place yesterday was full of life.
Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella

Emerald Damselfly, mature male, Lestes sponsa

Emerald Damselfly, Lestes sponsa

Blue-tailed Damselfly male Ischnura elegans

A small Pike?
Common Darter in my garden

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea laying eggs in the mud at the side of my garden pond.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Some Butterflies in the Loder Valley, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, UK This afternoon

The Loder valley
Common Blue
Common Blue
Meadow Brown in Wakehurst Place



Spot the Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Spot the Clouded Yellow Butterfly
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Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Lots of Buff-tailed bumblebees, Red-tailed bumblebees and honey bees are flying around at the moment plus the occasional common carder bee, both in my Cuckfield garden and today in the Loder valley.
Male Red-tailed Bumblebee

A Red-tailed cuckoo bee perhaps

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