Some of the wildlife seen included;
|Meadow Grasshopper, Chorthippus parallelus|
|Some Marbled White butterflies|
|Male Beautiful Demoiselle by the Adur bridge|
|The pond at Castle Lane|
|Fresh water mussels|
|Small White butterfly|
|Red-tailed Bumblebee male|
|Cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort plant|
|Well done Moira for spotting this Cinnabar moth|
|Purple Emperor butterflies|
|White Admiral butterfly|
The group was lead back to the Walkers car park where none opted to join me on a walk extension to the Hammer pond. Too bad: they missed meeting the aristocrats of Lepidopterology and some gorgeous insects.
|Matthew Oates https://www.kneppsafaris.co.uk/Information/Meet-the-Team/Matthew-Oates |
and Neil Hulme BEM (co-author of The Butterflies of Sussex).
This stream near the camp site was rich with Damselflies, male and female Demoiselles, a Large Red and Azure damselfly.
|Male Large Red damselfly|
|Azure Damselfly male|
|Female (probably Beautiful) Demoiselle|
The bank was teaming with Blue-tailed damselflies.https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/blue-tailed-damselfly/
They are quite a spectacle!
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And now for something different.
|Colletes sp female: a solitary bee|
|White-tailed Bumblebee worker?|
What a great place and a great day nature watching. You can find more nature walks at http://www.midsussexramblers.co.uk/home