Recent sightings in Sussex
Butterflies in September
The summer is over and the butterfly season is winding down. However, there are still plenty of butterflies about and the following species have been reported during the month of September in Sussex over the past few years: Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Wall, Small Copper, Clouded Yellow, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Adonis Blue, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Silver-spotted Skipper, Comma, Small Heath, Gatekeepers and Grayling. That is more than half of all the buttefly species commonly found in Sussex.
We have also seen exotics such as Long-tailed Blue, Large Tortoiseshell and Geranium Bronze reach the south coast.
What turns up very much depends upon the weather. In late September 2012 Marbled Whites,
Wood Whites and even Orange-tips were reported in Sussex!
Monday 26 September
sun 25/09/2016 our forth and final visit to this site this year. Sarah picked just over 2oz of blackberries. "that's not a lot" i hear you cry! (there going over you know). found 3x more Brown Hairstreak eggs, total now 32. and one of last years eggs with a neat hole in it. also at 2.43pm 1x female Brown Hairstreak settled in a Sallow bush, took some distance photos, she didn't settle lower or nearer, she got blown about in the breeze at times, at 2.51pm she flew off leaf and around a nearby blackthorn and settled again but I lost sight of her at 2.52pm. I was looking at the Business Parks direction board and noticed between York and Victoria Road's a couple of dotted lines running right through this Brown Hairstreak site, is it going to end up under concrete ?. that's progress I suppose. Victoria Business Park, Burgess Hill. W,Sx (Peter Farrant)