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August 2007


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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Male Chalkhill Blue Female Chalkhill Blue

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29 August 2007
A rockpooling visit to Onslow Court Beach, east Worthing, produced many of the usual intertidal crabs and similar crustaceans and sea anemones. The Arch-fronted Swimming Crab  Liocarcinus arcuatus  was notable as well as the Pimplet Anemone  Anthopleura ballii. There was one of each seen. 
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26 August 2007
Autumn Lady's TressesOn the conservation pasture at Anchor Bottom, the first half a dozen Autumn Lady's Tresses of 2007 were stumbled upon. These small easily overlooked orchids were in a small area of the southern slopes. I recorded twelve species of butterfly in the weak sunshine. 
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25 August 2007
48 second brood Adonis Blue Butterflies (including five females, four in mating pairs) were seen fluttering in the weak sunshine on the lower slopes of Mill Hill
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24 August 2007
The highlight on an inclement day was an dark olive-green Grass Snake slithering down the lower slopes of Mill Hill

23 August 2007
On an overcast day, when the breeze had died down, the sea south of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lancing (eastern boundary) as flat calm with no rollers on the neap tide. Nine terns hovered above the sea and all of them repeatedly dived in to feed on what were probably small fish just below the surface. The upper wings were dark grey on the edges. The hesitancy of their dives made me tentatively identify these birds as Common Terns
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August 2007
This rare immigrant Death's Head Hawk-moth, Acherontia atropos, was discovered in my back garden which is adjacent to Shoreham Beach between the harbour arm and The Burrells.

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by Joy Daintree

This the largest moth to appear in Britain, sporting a wingspan of up to 12 or 13 cm.
9 August 2007
The hoverfly Volucella inansis was seen on the Pixie Path on the outskirts of Shoreham. .

5 August 2007
A 112 Chalkhill Blue Butterflies were seen on Mill Hill and the immediate surrounding area, a figure that is about half the total expected in an average year. Most were seen on the lower slopes. The brilliant blue of 11 fresh male Adonis Blues stood out from the paler blue of the Chalkhill Blues
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It felt warm recording the highest air temperature of the year so far at 26.1 ºC.
3 August 2007
A Canada Goose followed a Mute Swan at high tide by Ropetackle in Shoreham town
Adur Estuary

The first Hornet Robber Fly seen this year was seen on the Buckingham Cutting south. 
Adur Flies 2007

1 August 2007
Chalkhill Blues at the beginning of the month were recorded on the lower slopes of Mill Hill at the lowest number this century with just 61 (59 males and 2 females) in the transect acre counted. The Adonis Blue was again recorded on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Fourteen species of butterflies were seen on the warm (>25.0 ºC) sunny day.
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