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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Insects of Sussex on 15th June 2021 including a first Silver-washed Fritillary.

It was the sightings page at which first encouraged me to visit this wood to see Pearl-bordered Fritillaries (PBF) some years ago, with success.

No PBFs on this day but Butterfly Conservation Sussex's Martin Kalaher has emailed to say..
"Congratulations regarding your Silver-washed Fritillary, which was a national first." 
Neil Hulme, BEM had confirmed that "Peter Lovett's butterfly is a female Silver-washed Fritillary. The forewing shape is correct for SWF (concave below the apex; DGF is slightly convex), the upperside pattern shows two rows of spots inside the margin (DGF has one) and the characteristic SWF underside pattern can be seen."
I chased this butterfly across a clear felled chestnut forest for a while before getting some photo's including an underwing glimpse, confirming Silver-washed.

Other butterflies and moths included a Grizzled Skipper below,

lots and lots of Small heaths

a Common blue
Burnet moth
Possibly an Andrena sp. mining bee.... Andrena congruens???

Agonum sexpunctatum perhaps.

Silver Y moth above and below.

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