Recent sightings in Sussex
Sightings in June 2016
Lepidopterists sometimes refer to the "June gap" with fewer butterflies to be seen. This is because the spring butterflies are drawing to a close and the summer butterflies have yet to emerge.
We can expect to say goodbye for 2017 to Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak, Wood White and Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Though there is always an outside chance of a second brood of Grizzled Skipper in August. The odd Orange-tip may linger until July.
In June, we can look forward to seeing the first of the Summer butterflies. These in include Gatekeeper, Purple Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Essex-Skipper, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Marbled White, Silver-studded Blue, Dark-green Fritillary.
Friday 23 June
A male Dark Green Fritillary flew past at great speed but I did manage to follow its flight path and fortunately for me it perched on Greater Knapweed to nectar. I took three pics in 15-20 seconds and then rushed to the house to alert my wife, Mary. When we returned it flew off within a few seconds and headed north. That's 26 species of butterflies for our Storrington garden this year. (martin kalaher)
Sitting in my small,wildlife friendly garden on Fri afternoon, I was somewhat surprised but delighted when a Dark Green Fritillary flew in and briefly settled on some Perennial Wallflower in a tub on the patio, later followed by a Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring on flowering Sage. (Anna Grist)
Ashdown Forest Silver-studded blues project: Saw two males approx 150yds up the hill from the right hand pond. Just off of the path on the Heather and grasses. (Moi Hicks)
My intention today was a circular walk in the Steep Down, Cissbury area. But, I ended up spending most of my time on the path to the east of Steep Down watching Five Spot Burnet emerging from their paper-like cocoons. Difficult to photograph in the wind and through a fence but amazing.
There were also Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Red Admiral, golden Skippers, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma. (Patrick Moore)
These are the rest of last night's moths by our Littlehampton balcony light. (Colin Knight)
On Thursday afternoon by Littlehampton golf course I found a tiny Orange-spot Piercer (Pammene aurana) on its foodplant, Hogweed umbellifer. Later in Houghton Forest I saw a female Large Skipper and a Riband Wave (Idaea aversata ab. remutata) in addition to Meadow Browns, Red Admirals, Silver-washed Fritillaries and Ringlets. Around midnight I had an amazing number of moth species round our balcony light: Common Pug (Eupithecia vulgate), Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha), Double Lobed (Apamea ophiogramma), Heart and Club (Agrotis clavis), Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata), Peppered Moth (Biston betularia), Poplar Grey (Acronicta megacephala), Short-cloaked Moth (Nola cucullatella), Riband Wave (Idaea aversata ab remutata) (Colin Knight http://www.colinknightimages.com/Nature-Photography-UK/Moths)
Yesterday: large numbers of Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Marbled White in flower meadow with few Small Skipper, one Silver-spotted Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 freshly hatched Comma, Gatekeepers (Mike Warren)
Pair of mating White -letter hairstreak butterflies outside the Flour Pot Bakery on Elm Grove, Brighton.
Picture to follow. (Margaret Huitson)