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August 2019

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Chalkhill Blues on Mill Hill


30 August 2019

Common Blue, Buddleia with a visiting Clouded Yellow, Adonis Blue
Adonis Blue on Devil's Bit Scabious, Chalkhill Blue or Adonis Blue
Mill Hill

In the late afternoon the sun came out and I made a hurried visit to the lower slopes of Mill Hill, where I spotted my first two restless Clouded Yellow Butterflies of the year, with eight other species. The downs were parched with dried grasses and relatively few flowers. There were three species of reptile: a Common Lizard. a half a dozen fat Slow Worms, and a juvenile Adder
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25 August 2019

Ruddy Darter

At Bramber, the sandy coloured water of Castle Lane Park pond rippled at the surface with shoal of over a hundred Rudd could be seen in the bright sunshine. A pair of Emperor Dragonflies, Anax imperator, patrolled without stopping, but two pairs of Ruddy Darters were more engaged in copulation in flight.
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22 August 2019 
A Kestrel hung in the breeze over Mill Hill upper and middle north there were eleven species of butterfly including 25+ immigrant Painted Ladies. The Buddleia was swaying in the breeze too much for an afternoon photograph on the western edge of the upper car park. A Common Lizard skitted over the low-lying vegetation into the shelter of the scrub.
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20 August 2019

A variety of Bramble, Holly Blue Butterfly on Hemp Agrimony
Ectiminus wasp, Lesser Centaury
Downs Link Cyclepath, just north of the Flyover

9 August 2019
A large 10 cm long yellow caterpillar of the Death's Head Hawk-moth,  Acherontia atropos, was discovered in a north Lancing garden. The moth is the largest moth to appear in Britain, sporting a wingspan of up to 12 or 13 cm, a striking species, though it is not native. Immigrants arrive from southern Europe, usually several in each year, during the late summer and autumn.

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5 August 2019

Colourful immigrants, the attractive Painted Ladies, finally arrived on Mill Hill in numbers: about ten restless butterflies on the middle slopes where the abundant flowering Marjoram and Hemp Agrimony did not attract as many butterflies as in previous years. There were thirteen species including mating Chalkhill Blues, worn and damaged male Adonis Blues, new Wall Browns and very frequent Meadow Brown Butterflies. A predatory Hornet Robber Fly, Asilus crabroniformis, landed on the middle slopes of Mill Hill. Carline Thistles were now flowering and attracting Chalkhill Blues. 
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1 August 2019
On a cloudy early afternoon, again I chose the short route down by the ridge path to the lower slopes of Mill Hill

Butterflies were common on my short visit to Mill Hill. Despite the far from ideal conditions I recorded ten species of butterfly including over a hundred each of Chalkhill Blues and Gatekeepers in about an hour. It should have been the peak time for Chalkhill Blues so the numbers were disappointing, again. The first of the second brood Adonis Blues emerged.
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