a breezy day, the one acre transect on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill hosted 38 Adonis
Blue Butterflies with the 17
females the highest recorded count for this
gender. There were at least a handful of couples courting and mating.
the late afternoon (3:30 pm)
of Shoreham Air Show, the sun was still out and a smattering of butterflies
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill where I recorded 28 male Adonis
Blues, and spotted three or four Clouded
Yellow Butterflies amongst the 13
was shocked by the sighting of a Brown
on Mill Hill south of the upper car park
near some Brambles.
It flew off rapidly and was lost to my sight in about 20 seconds, so this
was my first ever glimpse of this hedgerow
that lays its eggs on Blackthorn (Sloe). This
has increased the total species seen in Shoreham and all on Mill Hill to
33. Nineteen species of butterfly seen on the day
on Mill Hill and the Adur Levels including 54
doubts have crept in about the identification of this butterfly. I did
not get a good enough look to be 100% certain.
Butterfly List by Location
the Steyning Road in Old Shoreham (near the start of the footpath to the
Waterworks Road and Mill Hill before the Field Maple tunnel) I spotted
my first Wasp Spider, Argiope
bruennichi, of 2009.
It had spun a web over the Brambles
and other vegetation. Very close by a small black and yellow hoverfly
Xanthogramma pedissequum flitted in
running the rockpooling event for Friends
of Shoreham Beach we discovered amongst other things a dead Compass
Jellyfish. This was on the beach
behind the Old Fort.
families of Mute Swans
are resident on Widewater Lagoon every
year. One morning an adult female Mute Swan
was found dead. The cause is unknown but predation by a Fox
is suspected. The cygnets
will be able to fend for themselves with the male still in attendance.
by Lancing Parish Council and World of Widewater
Coastal 2009 (including Widewater) Reports
muralis, were noted on the Old Fort walls in the weak sunshine.
species of butterfly were seen in the early
afternoon on the outskirts of Shoreham.
made me look up towards the cloudy sky over the northern slope of Anchor
Bottom: a large dark bird soared through the sky and by its broad wing
shape I recognised a Buzzard.
Less than a minute afterwards it was mobbed by a Crow,
but it glided westwards unperturbed and then out of sight. A flock of thirty
or more Rooks
were seen in the same area, followed by flock of 300+ Starlings
flew up in unison as the Buzzard
glided past. The first
Autumn Lady's Tresses
(a small orchid) and Harebell
spotted on the Horseshoe Vetch slope at Anchor Bottom.
species of butterfly were seen in the early
afternoon on the trip along the Downs-Coastal
Link Cyclepath from Old Shoreham to Annington
Sewer and back with a detour to Anchor Bottom.
Lady Butterflies were everywhere in town
and country with over fifty an hour seen. Just a little too overcast and
breezy for butterflies to be out, but there
were just 13 Chalkhill
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill and 41
frequently seen including mating pairs.
must have in excess of 200 Common
of both sexes in the long herb meadows at the top of Mill Hill, but even
this is a fraction of what can be seen of this butterfly in peak years
when the numbers runs into thousands. There were a few Brown
as well but it is difficult to be sure how many when there were scores
of female Common Blues.
species of butterfly were seen in an hour.
lower slopes of Mill Hill were more crowded
with butterflies than the previous week but
the one acre transect still only recorded a meagre total of 35 Chalkhill
(including two females) with 30 Adonis
(including one female) and slightly less in number of Common
of both sexes. Meadow
were about the same in numbers with a handful of huge females.
Brown and Small
Heath Butterflies were included in a total
of seventeen species of butterfly in under an hour
including a Dingy Skipper
on the lower slopes of Mill Hill and a Small
Skipper south of the Reservoir the only
part of the Nature Reserve visited in the
morning. Seventeen species of butterfly were
seen in an hour.
a humid sunny morning the Chalkhill Blue
count in a 15 minute transect on the lower slopes of Mill
Hill was a paltry 37 with just one female seen. There were frequent
including males courting with very small females. The first male second
brood Adonis Blues
were recognised when they settled, as in flight they could not separated
reliably from Common Blues.
There could have been up to a dozen of them. Four Clouded
Yellows were notable, with one on the
lower slopes and at least three on the upper slopes with two either sparring
or courting. Small Heaths
are back and at least two were seen one on the lower slopes and another
in the upper meadows. Seventeen butterfly
species were noted including four not seen the previous
day and two of these not seen before this month. This total was missing
some common species which could reasonably be expected if I had spent more
large dragonfly with a bright blue abdomen
cruised over Lancing Ring dewpond
without stopping for at least 15 minutes and probably considerably longer.
It did not seem big enough for an Emperor
Dragonfly but this its most likely identity.
The first red Common Darter
(dragonfly) of the year was also seen resting
whilst I was waiting for this large impressive insect to settle so I could
have a closer look.
Yellow Butterflies flew strongly over
the short grass immediately to the east of the main clump of trees on Lancing
Ring. Seventeen species of butterfly were
seen on a sunny humid day.
sun was out, but alas not the Chalkhill
Blues in their expected numbers on Mill
Hill with just 47 noted which means that the number of the Chalkhill
Blues in flight on Mill Hill were probably
around 150 which is a disastrously low total.
appeared to be ill or poisoned and it could he handled. This has been seen
before in previous years.
were well over a hundred Common Blues
the meadows to the north of the northern car park on Mill Hill with frequent
Ladies all over the hill, about ten Peacock
Butterflies, a surprise Brimstone
Butterfly, and just two fresh first of
the year Essex Skippers
(could have been Small Skippers).
variety of butterfly species was fine with
twenty species recorded which was the second best day total ever. The
list included my first
of the year on Anchor Bottom.
Butterflies: First Dates
to visit the whole of Mill Hill, but I
only had time for the upper meadow which was alive with butterflies.
Over one hundred Common Blue Butterflies
seen amongst the tall herbs, with frequent
Ladies, eight Wall
Browns, frequent Gatekeepers,
at least four and probably many more Brown
Butterflies, with at least one Large
White, frequent Peacocks
(including seven seen altogether on Greater
Knapweed), at least two Meadow
and a Red Admiral. A
few Six-spotted Burnet Moths were
seen before I had to curtail my visit.
Argus Identification Notes
Butterfly Reports (Butterfly Conservation Society)