Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

November 2018

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30 November 2018
After three days of rain and winds gusting to Gale Force 8 the weather brightened up and there was a Clouded Yellow and a Peacock Butterfly on the lower sloes of Mill Hill around midday.

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14 November 2018
More images of the action from Mill Hill in the form of an ovipositing Clouded Yellow. Also seen were a further five male Clouded Yellows, three Common Blue, a Brimstone and Comma.

13 November 2018
A return visit to Mill Hill (upper slope) at lunchtime produced another fairly fresh Clouded Yellow Butterfly and a shy Speckled Wood.

Blue Text Report & Images by Dave Cook on Butterflies of the Biosphere

5 November 2018
An immigrant  Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Macroglossum stellatarum, visited a purple Salvia flower in a Shoreham town back yard.

Adur Hawk-moths

2 November 2018

The Kestrel hunting over the top of Mill Hill did not seem to worry about the human presence but the bird of prey was disturbed three times in half an hour by dogs. It hovered and dived beneath the bush line once, but it was not seen to make a successful strike.

A Painted Lady Butterfly visited one of the occasional remaining Greater Knapweed flowers near the upper car park on Mill Hill.

Brown Argus, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus
November Butterflies
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It was just too good to stay at my desk and so headed to Mill Hill. Under clear blue sky and light wind, it wasn't long before I had my first, albeit brief, sighting of a fresh female Common Blue as I was walking down the steps towards the lower slope. By the time I reached the northern end I had 6 male Clouded Yellow under my belt. In the bottom corner were numerous mix of male and female Common Blue, most in various states of ‘worn’ but one male stood out as a minter. On my return I spotted what I initially thought was a Common Blue pairing when who should show up but Vince. He and I spent the best part of an hour discussing this very late phenomena for a Common Blue pairing when we suddenly noticed the possibility that one of them could actually be a Brown Argus. The pair then rotated 180° so we got a good view of both sides and realised they they were in fact both Brown Argus. A very fresh Meadow Brown was also seen along with a very large Small White and a Red Admiral. 

Blue Text Report & Images by Dave Cook on Butterfly Conservation Sussex Sightings

These were the first two local reports of both Brown Argus and Small White in the month of November.
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