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Friday 17 March 2017

Earl Grey moth, Xylocampa areola

 Last night an Earl Grey moth, Xylocampa areola was attracted to my kitchen window in Cuckfield, West Sussex, UK.  The centimetre measure is inside the double glazing above and the moth outside.
 Here are some pictures from outside.  It flies from February to May and feeds on honeysuckle.
This is the first time that I have observed this somewhat inconspicuous moth in my garden.
For more moth sightings in Sussex, see

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Native orchids of Sussex: an illustrated talk and walk on Newtimber Hill, Tuesday 20 June 2017

This summer there is a rare opportunity to enjoy an illustrated talk on twenty six of our native orchids of Sussex, Surrey and Kent in the National Trust education center at Saddlescombe Farm in the heart of the South Downs.  See details of the talk at , which will be followed by a walk on the Downs with National Trust ranger, Graham Wellfare, (above from June 2016).

On Newtimber Hill there will be an abundance of Fragrant orchids and other beautiful flowers.

Fragrant orchid
Booking is essential by telephone at 01273 857981  or email 
Full details are at  Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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