Recent sightings in Sussex
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.
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)