This looks like the Giant Hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum, towering above the other vegetation on the Malthouse Meadows, Sompting. It was over two metres (7 ft) high. Adur Hogweeds
1 October 2005
In Malthouse Meadow, Sompting, (TQ 164 053), a Small Copper Butterfly rested briefly on the ground near to a large clump of Blackberry bushes and flowering Ivy. The Ivy was also attractive to two Painted Ladies and at least three Red Admirals, as well as a honey pot to many bees.
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterfly & Large Moth List 2005
A brief visit to Malthouse Meadow, Sompting, brought Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper Butterflies as expected, a few White Butterflies and occasionally a Common Blue. At the top of the meadow I decided there was little more to hope to see and then a Brown Argus Butterfly settled close by and allowed me just one photograph before it became impatient and took off.
The ubiquitous grasshoppers were present but made little noise. A dark shape on a leaf drew me to look closer to find a Dark Bush Cricket.
Overcast Day 22 September 2004
Three small unopened mushrooms were discovered on Malthouse Meadow, Sompting, on the edges of the long grass. They have not been identified and I did not go back for a second look. I am assuming that will open up. At first they looked as they were puffball type without a stalk.
Day 14 July 2004
The only butterfly in flight was a solitary Comma that settled just briefly on a Bramble leaf.
Bristly Ox-Tongue and Black Medick
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A female Meadow Plant Bug, Leptopterna dolabrata, is recorded in Malthouse Meadow, Sompting.
Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and the Downs