Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

June 2019

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27 June 2019

Painted Lady Butterfly

Several hundred Pyramidal Orchids were the notable feature of the verges of the cyclepath between Old Shoreham and Dacre Gardens (Upper Beeding) where there were the first flowers for this year of Purple Toadflax, Perforate St. John's Wort, Burdock, Tufted Vetch and the small Self-heal. Six species of butterfly included two faded Painted Ladies, a fresh Comma and at least three of my first Ringlets of the year.
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26 June 2019
Viper's Bugloss had taken over as the dominant plant on the shingle above the high tide ridge on Shoreham Beach West, its blue spikes exceeding all the other vegetation by mass. On a humid breezy afternoon, on the Widewater flood plain, one spike was visited by my first definite Painted Lady Butterfly of the year.

25 June 2019

Kidney Vetch, Biting Stonecrop, Hare's Foot Clover, Childing Pink
Melilot, Black Horehound
Silver Sands, Shoreham Beach

There were well over a hundred Childing Pink flowers amongst the Hare's Foot Clover on Silver Sands, Shoreham Beach. Great Lettuce and Fennel was growing nearby, but had not yet flowered.

24 June 2019

Marbled White

It was cloudy and the overcast southern road verge of Slonk Hill was shaded by the trees. What remained of the open grass meadow was scattered with Ox-eye Daisies, Common Spotted Orchids and Rough Hawkbits. There were no purple flowers for the few active Marbled Whites Butterflies to visit. Male Meadow Brown Butterflies were frequently disturbed and I also caught a fleeting glimpse of a probable Painted Lady.
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22 June 2019

Roesel's Bush-cricket, Metrioptera roeselii
Adur Recreation Ground

A cricket was spotted amongst the long grasses and nettles on Adur Recreation Ground.
At first it was dismissed as just one of the four species of grasshopper found in Shoreham, until the photograph of the long antennae revealed it to be a cricket, probably the previously unrecorded (in Shoreham) Roesel's Bush-cricket, Metrioptera roeselii.

19 June 2019

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth, Meadow Brown on Greater Knapweed
Large Skipper
Upper Mill Hill

It was too cool for active butterflies and they had to be disturbed from their shelter in the afternoon on the upper part of Mill Hill. it was a notable visit for my first of the year Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth and my first two Large Skippers. 
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5 June 2019
Two dragonflies darted rapidly to and fro over the Yellow Water Lily covered main pond at Woods Mill, with no inclination to pause for a photograph or come close enough to make identification definite. One was unmistakably a male Broad-bodied Chaser  but the other one was slimmer with a brown and black appearance and I best guess this dragonfly as my first ever Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata

3 June 2019

Bee Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Common Spotted Orchids

Adur Orchids

2 June 2019
Summer arrived with the first orchids in flower on the eastern sunnier verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath between Erringham Gap and the disused Cement Works. Flowers seen in amongst the abundant Ox-eye Daisies for the first time this year included the natives Common Spotted Orchid and Yellow Rattle, the alien Dotted Loosestrife. I cursorily looked for Bee Orchids without success, but I did find a budding Pyramidal Orchid.

Common Blue Butterflies were first seen on the shadier verges on a sunny midday, but only a few actually seen. A first of the summer Meadow Brown Butterfly was clearly spotted on the sunnier verge of the Downs Link Cyclepath near the disused Cement Works. A definite Green-veined White visited the abundant Ox-eye Daisies on the cyclepath verges north of the Tollbridge. A Holly Blue Butterfly fluttered around my tiny front garden in Shoreham. 

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