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Butterflies of Lancing



Adur Valley Wildlife


34 species of butterfly have definitely been seen by me in Shoreham
and a further three have been spotted by others since 2000

UK Leps Butterfly List

Adur Butterfly List 2004
Adur Butterfly List 2005
Adur Butterfly List 2006
Adur Butterfly List 2007
Adur Butterfly List 2008
Adur Butterfly List 2009
Adur Butterfly List 2010
Adur Butterfly List 2011
Adur Butterfly List 2012
Adur Butterfly List 2013

Adur Butterfly Blog 2012


 Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae Downs, gardens and Adur Levels
 Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines Woods Mill
Lancing Manor
Vetch Trail (Mill Hill)
Adur Levels
 Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus Slonk Hill south
Adur Levels
Mill Hill
   Dark Green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja Possible, but not recorded (reports received from Mill Hill up until 1988)  Mill Hill
Known from Cissbury Ring
Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia Tottington Wood
 Green-veined White Artogeia napi Woods Mill
Adur Levels
Mill Hill
Lancing Ring
 Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi Reported from Lancing Ring
Mill Hill
Pepperscombe (W. of Steyning)
 Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus Lancing, outskirts of the town centre, spring. Shoreham town. Lancing Clump
Adur Levels
 Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus Mill Hill and other Downs
Halewick Lane, Lancing
Lancing Clump 2004
Anchor Bottom
Adur Levels (near Botoplphs)
 Clouded Yellow Colias croceus Immigrant, absent or rare most years but common everywhere except gardens in 2000.
Slonk Hill 2002
Lancing Clump
 Small Blue Cupido minimus Slonk Hill north
Mill Hill south of A27
Lancing Clump 2005
 Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages Mill Hill
Upper Beeding.
 Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni Urban areas throughout.
Mill Hill. Downs.
Adur Levels
   Grayling Hipparchia semele Historic records only
Extinct from Mill Hill since 1960 
(scarce from 1947 to 1960)
 Peacock Inachis io Lancing Clump and Widewater. Lancing churchyards. Adur Levels
Downs, Town centres and gardens.
 Wall Brown Lasiommata megera New Erringham
Adur Levels
Shoreham town
Lancing Clump
Slonk Hill
White Admiral Limenitis camilla South Furze Field (north of Edburton)
Tottington Wood
 Small Copper Lycaena phlaes Southwick Hill
Beeding Hill
Adur Levels
Lancing Clump and Town
Mill Hill lower slopes
 Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina Common on the Downs and Adur Levels
Town centres and gardens
Malthouse Meadows at Sompting
 Marbled White Melanargia galathea Upper Downs, sometimes common. 
Sometimes very common on McIntyres Field (near Lancing Clump) and occasionally on the Adur Levels
Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus Edburton
 Large Skipper Ochlodessylvanus
(= O. faunus)
(= O.venata)
Lancing Ring, Mill Hill and Adur Levels
 Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria Frequent at Lancing Clump. Occasionally at Mill Hill and other Downs scrub, and near Buckingham Park. Lancing churchyards.
 Large White Pieris brassicae Gardens, Downs, Beach and Adur Levels
 Small White Pieris rapae Gardens, Downs, Beach and Adur Levels
 Brown Argus Plebeius agestis (=Aricia ) Slonk Hill south
Mill Hill
Lancing Ring
Malthouse Meadows
New Monks Farm
 Comma Polygonia c-album Lancing Clump and Lancing churchyards. Shoreham Town.
Adur Levels
Malthouse Meadows at Sompting
Mill Hill
 Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus Southwick Hill
Mill Hill
Slonk Hill North
Lancing Clump 2004
 Chalkhill Blue Polyommatus coridon Abundant on Mill Hill.
Waterworks Road (Adur Levels)
Occasional on Lancing Clump meadows
 Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Beach and Downs
Adur Levels.
 Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae Mill Hill
Slonk Hill North.
 Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus Adur Levels and scrub areas of the Downs. Town
  White-letter Hairstreak Strymonidia w-album Reported from Benfield Valley, Portslade
Recent history (in living memory) from Old Erringham (west) Report from Kingston Lane, Shoreham
 Brown Hairstreak Thelca betulae Between Shermanbury & Partridge Green
Mill Hill
Buckingham Cutting (south)
 Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola Probably the Downs everywhere. 
Adur Levels
Mill Hill
 Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris Lancing Ring, Mill Hill, Southwick Hill, wasteland in towns, Adur Levels
 Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta Parks & Gardens and Adur Levels. Lancing Ring. Mill Hill. Southwick Hill. Towns: Shoreham & Lancing
Shoreham and Lancing Beach.
 Painted Lady Vanessa cardui Widewater Lagoon  Towpath on the Adur between Shoreham and Bramber 
Towns: Shoreham & Lancing
Lancing Ring
Mossy Bottom and Mill Hill
Malthouse Meadows at Sompting

Link:  Adur Butterflies Flight Times
Adur First Butterfly Dates 2003-2005
Adur Butterfly Sightings Database (from 17 July 2004)
Adur Biodiversity Network: Butterflies, Direct Entry Database

Mill Hill 2004 (with new map)

Local reference book:

Atlas of Sussex Butterflies
Butterfly Conservation, Henfield
ISBN 0.9522602.4.7

Flight Times

Millennium Atlas of the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland 

U.K. Lepidopterists Study Group

Butterfly Monitoring Scheme

flickr European Butterflies

Butterflies of Lancing
South Downs Butterflies

Butterfly Conservation Society
UK-Leps (Yahoo) eForum (Lepidoptera)
UK Butterflies Discussion Board
Adur Butterfly Image Portfolio (Smart Groups)
EuroLeps Yahoo Group (European Leps)
Euro Butterflies Species Index
UK Butterflies

UK Butterfly Sites

Butterfly Transect Method

ACFOR system of abundance
Ray Hamblett's Mill Hill & Beeding Hill Page
Immigration of Lepidoptera
Butterfly Bionomics Information (Really Wild Flowers)
Butterflies of Ireland (with pics)
Ceri's Butterfly Page (with pics)
Guy Padfield's European Butterfly Page (with pics)
Butterflies (Bioimages)
British Butterflies (Dave Walters)
Butterfly Guide
What is the Caterpillar web page
Protected Species of Butterflies & Moths
Butterflies of Cissbury Ring
Butterflies of Offwell, Devon
British Butterflies (Steve Cheshire)
Keith Edkins Lepidoptera Photographs
Life Histories of Butterflies and Moths Index

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa 

UK Moths
UK Moths Thumbnail Index
Irish Moths: Foodplants

UK Moths Links page

What's Flying Tonight (Moths)
UK Moths Yahoo Group

Day Flying Moths
Cornish Moths Selection
Adur Moths

UK Butterfly Calendar
Cockayne Database (NHM)
British Butterflies Flight Times (Steve Cheshire)
Butterfly Flight Times (best site)
Butterfly Conservation: First Sightings
Earliest Sightings Summary

Enchanted Learning: Butterflies

Butterflies (Netherlands)

Glossary of Butterfly Terms

Frequency of Butterflies (Lower Adur Valley)

Insect Lore Butterfly Kits

UK Lepidoptera (Jeff Higgott)
Rare Butterfly Locations

Breeding UK-Leps · The U.K. Lepidopterists Study Group (Yahoo)

Adur Butterfly List (from 18 July 2003) supplement to Nature Notes
Adur Butterflies Slide Show (CD-ROM only)
Adur Butterfly List 2004
Adur Butterfly List 2005
Adur Butterfly List 2006
Adur Butterfly List 2007

Butterfly Book List
NHBS Lepidoptera Book List

Butterfly Conservation Society Recording Schemes

Victorian Collectors

Garden Safari Butterflies
Natural Break Butterflies

Butterfly Sites (UK) with map
More Butterfly web pages from EuroWeb Yahoo Group

Bretany (France) Leps

Food Plants of British Butterflies

Skipper ID Page
Adur Skippers Page

Chalk Downland Insects

Butterfly Vision


Comma on Hawthorn (28 July 2003)
Observations of the habitats of the Small Heath Butterfly

Observations of the habitats of the Small Copper Butterfly

Some Notes on the local Meadow Brown Butterfly populations

Notes on the Wall Brown Butterfly

Bird's Foot Trefoil & the Common Blue Butterfly

Some other notes on resident butterflies and moths in the Adur area (Part One)

Some other notes on resident butterflies and moths in the Adur area (Part Two)

Chalkhill Blues notes from the downs near Shoreham

Adonis Blues notes from the downs near Shoreham

Skippers of the downs near Shoreham

Observations of the other Butterflies of the Adur district area and a few absentees 

Observations of some of the smaller Moths in the Adur district area

Common Blue Butterflies on chalk (link)
Blue Butterflies (Photographs 2001)
Blue Butterflies (Photographs 2000)
Blue Butterfly Flight Times
Blue Butterflies (Photographs 2002-3)

Blue Butterflies (Hertfordshire & Middlesex Branch of Butterfly Conservation)

32 species of butterfly have definitely been seen by me in Shoreham
A further species is probable and been recorded by others
One species has been locally extinct since 1960

There is a possibility of at least six other species (=38)

"Paul M Hill" <>
Subject: Moth Traps

Details of how to construct your own moth trap can be found on the Atropos
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Road Route (Map)
Map Page

Local Wildlife & Geological Links  (SE England)

Adur Biodiversity Insect Links
Adur Valley (Nature Notes)
British Marine Life Study Society
Bungalow Town
Butterflies of Cissbury Ring
Butterflies of Lancing
Chesil Beach
CMS 2000   Coastal Management for Sustainability
Coastal Flora List & Links
Cornwall (Geomorphology, Eclipse etc.)
Dungeness, Kent, England
Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator
Geology of the Dorset Coast
National Trust: Orford Ness
Longshore Drift
Orford Ness:  Coastal Ecology of a Shingle Bank (excellent references)
Ralph Hollins Nature Pages  (Chichester Harbour area)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve
Seashore Page (BMLSS)
Shingle Discussion Group
Shoreham (History of)
Sussex Downs Smart Group
Sussex Wildlife Trust
Trees (British) External site


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