foraging on the strandline by the Old Fort
on Shoreham beach, dodging the waves as
they came in.
blue sky there were still about 69 butterflies
around Shoreham and the downs of eight
Butterflies (31+) led the way, followed
by Red Admirals
(18+). The unusual blue variety of the female Common
Blue Butterfly was seen on the lower
slopes of Mill Hill.
dog found a Short-snouted
east of Splash Point on Worthing beach. Although
it was dead, it looked like it hadn't been dead for very long. My dog Maurice
regulary finds remains on the strandline and
he usually eats what he discovers. The Seahorse
was found at high tide.
were also recorded alive in Brighton marina.
discovered an Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar,
elpenor, on the footpath on the bank
of the River Adur up near the South Downs way footbridge.
It was damp with loads of big slugs out, but one of them wasn't a slug
but this magnificent large caterpillar.
(dragonflies) were all resting in a row
on the wooden railing in the Butterfly Copse next to the
Road and a Southern Hawker
flew rapidly by. Four of the Common
had red abdomens and the others were a greyish-blue to fawn colour. More
flew amongst the Ivy.
is worth a mention because of the propensity of this dragonfly (and also
and flies) for settling on flat wooden railings
but not so much on fences.
dozen or more Red Admiral Butterflies
were attracted to a single bush of Ivy the Butterfly Copse next to the
Road, Some of them settled and basked on the wooden railing.
were still frequent as the butterflies were
attracted to Devil's Bit Scabious.
butterfly species, including the Small
Copper Butterfly illustrated above, were
seen in an hour, but the total number of butterflies fell to under a hundred.
distinctive caterpillar of the Elephant
elpenor, was discovered in the middle
of Nicolson Drive in residential Shoreham (an area with large gardens).
As it was imminent danger of being squashed it was removed to my front
The caterpillar was not measured, but estimated to be about 70 mm in length.
was surprised to see a Guillemot swimming
in the water just west of the Footbridge,
off Coronation Green on the high spring tide
about 2:00 pm.
It drifted upstream, hassled by Black-headed
Gulls, before diving down for a few minutes
and popping up only a few metres in front of me. Thought it might be a
at first, but the size (same as Black-headed
Gulls) and white belly gave it away. From
the Collins bird guide it looks like adult northern.Europe variety (white
throat and ear-coverts separated by a thin black band), or possibly 1st
was definitely not a Cormorant
Copper Butterfly that landed on a path
in front of me through the long grass on the Mill
Hill gentle slope west of the upper car park came as a surprise with
the ordinary fare of twelve
species of butterflies on a sunny early afternoon.
butterflies are fading earlier this year and their numbers were reduced
from other autumns.
Crows in Frampton's
Field, Old Shoreham
scarce hoverfly Rhingia
rostrata was seen and photographed
at Woods Mill.
partial eclipse of the Full Moon was seen at about 8:00
pm as the Moon appeared large and orange in
the eastern sky. I was not aware there was an eclipse and I mistook it
for a strange cloud formation.
by Geoff Penn
flew from rock groyne to beach hut over the pebbles and the green Orache
of Lancing Beach as
the tide receded to expose rocks only seen on the equinoctial spring low
the beach by the Half Brick at east Worthing,
a dozen or more Velvet Swimming
Crabs hid under large boulders with a
fairly usual collection of rock pool life including one Oyster
bigger than my hand, three large Chitons
(a small mollusc), a 20 cm green Atlantic
Eel, and adult 5-Bearded
Rockling and frequent Piddocks
(a bivalve mollusc) burrowing in the chalk boulders.
Butterfly on the last of the autumn Buddleia
a humid day the first Autumn Gentian
and Autumn Lady's Tresses
(an orchid) were spotted in flower on the upper
part of Mill Hill (just north of the Reservoir).
These are both small plants that can
only be seen in the short sward.
(dragonflies) were frequently seen and thirteen
species of butterflies
enjoyed the warm sunshine (>24.2 ºC).
Yellow Butterflies were seen near Lancing
Sailing Club (west end of Widewater),
the second of these two immigrant butterflies
visited a Common Mallowand
in quick succession. There were twelve species
of butterfly seen during the day, including Adonis
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