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2017 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

Duke of Burgundy
22 April

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
18 April

Wall Brown
15 April

Small Heath
14 April

Dingy Skipper*
8 April

Small Copper
7 April

Green Hairstreak
7 April

Grizzled Skipper*
2 April

Large Tortoiseshell
28 March

Green-veined White
27 March

Large White
27 March

Holly Blue
25 March

25 March

Painted Lady
13 March

Speckled Wood
13 March

Small White
11 March

20 February

Small Tortoiseshell
24 January

17 January

10 January

Red Admiral
8 January


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Recent sightings in Sussex

April 2017

Spring has come early this year after a mild winter and as a result March was a great month for butterflies. Over 130 sightings were posted last month which is more than 4 times as many as were posted in March 2016. Particularly early were Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Orange-tip.

Looking forward we should be seeing the first Grizzled Skippers at the beginning of April with Green Hairstreak appearing around the same time. Mill Hill is a particularly good place for both of these species.

Later in the month there will be Dingy Skipper, Wall Brown and Small Heath to look out for. Then as we head towards the end of the month can expect to see Pearl Bordered Fritillary in Abbots and Rewell woods and the fabulous Duke of Burgundy at sites along the western Downs.

Finally, if the weather holds out right at the end of the month there is a chance that someone will see a Small Copper, a Brown Argus and even a Common Blue. So keep your eyes open and remember to send in your sightings.

Ed jnr

Thursday 27 April

I've just found the small moth which flew into the house a few days ago, a White-shouldered House Moth. When last seen flying it was heading upstairs, where I found it on a windowledge. It is now deceased, which makes it a lot easier to examine. The lifestyle of its larvae doesn't sound very appealing, but the adult moth does have some rather fine markings. (John Heys)