Saturday 12 August

A slump into psychogloom called for some butterfly therapy, so I headed for Mill Hill, to be lifted into the light by the dazzling wings of Adonis Blues, Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, at least three Clouded Yellows, several Brimstones, a Painted Lady, plus innumerable Small Heaths and Meadow Browns. But the highlights were my first-ever Silver-spotted Skippers, at the top of the hill just north of the reservoir; among which were a female apparently laying eggs in the short grass, pursued over the ground by a male with wings a-quiver. What was he hoping to achieve? (John Woodward)

Male and female Brimstone nectaring on Fleabane at Rowland Wood. Last year this patch of Fleabane was alive with Clouded Yellows but I didn't see any today. (John Williams)

Steyning Downland Scheme, Steyning Coombe: Saw one Silver-washed Fritillary here in windy, cloudy conditions yesterday. Went back today, sunny and warm, and found 3 individuals feeding on Hemp Agrimony. On downland, but close to woodland edge. (Roger Brown)

Visited Rye Harbour this afternoon,bit windy but still bits and pieces on the wing,just through the metal gate (just up from the car park)
there were 6 Holly Blues,5 males and one harassed female,on the reserve itself ,3 -4 Meadow Browns,1 wind blown Small Copper'
a single Speckled Wood ,a single Clouded Yellow and 2 Small Heath,and several Small Whites and Common Blues ,also some good plants ,including Red Hemp Nettle, Sea Heath , and a fantastic carpet of Sea Pea along the shoreline, a brilliant reserve, one gripe
though,was Dog S**t everywhere !! (Allan Ward)

Anchor Bottom and Mill Hill this morning. Saw a curious old Comma with a strange blue/black diamond on its back (Jonathan Crawford)

Crawley Down - a Humming-bird Hawk-moth on the buddleia today. (Jon Ruff)

Several butterflies visited my south-facing Seaford garden either to rest or feed on various flowers. There were a few Small Whites 3 Red Admirals and a couple of Meadow Browns and singles of Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue Common Blue. The pleasant surprise was a Clouded Yellow that stayed for about ten minutes nectaring on Verbena Bonariensis, Gaura, Lobelia and Helianthus. A Humming-bird Hawk-moth made a fleeting appearance,one of many that have visited since mid July. (Stuart Ridley)

more from Kithurst meadow. (Colin Knight)

On Thursday I visited Kithurst meadow and saw Brimstone, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper with Red Mite larva (Trombidium breei), Holly Blue female, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White, Speckled Wood. moths seen: Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata), Pearl Veneer (Agriphila straminella), Small Purple and Gold (aka Mint Moth, Pyrausta aurata), Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis). Also a male Common Darter. (Colin Knight)

Intrigued with all the exciting reports of Brown Hairstreaks on the western edge of Burgess Hill, I decided to take a look late this morning, walking south from the entrance to the burial ground. After a long walk around seeing rather few butterflies in the windy conditions, eventually I found about four (a male, two females and an unsexed worn individual) fluttering around the side of an ash tree. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't compare with the superb photos posted earlier by others, my only excuse being distance and swaying branches. (Simon Linington)

Thursday night was warm and dry so we had a great moth night on our Littlehampton balcony: Blastobasis vittata, Bright-line Brown eye (Lacanobia oleracea), Common Rustic (Mesapamea secalis), Common Wainscot (Mythimna pallens), Gold Spot (Plusia festucae), Rusty Dot Pearl (Udea ferrugalis), Setaceous Hebrew Character (Xestia c-nigrum), Silver Y, (Autographa gamma), White-point (Mythimna albipuncta). (Colin Knight)

On Thursday we visited Chantry Hill a cool N.E wind with few butterflies flying some Chalk Hill Blues,Brown Argus Small Heath,Meadow Browns and a very worn Dark Green Fritillary.Medley Bottom a bit more sheltered with plenty of browns Common Blues,Chalk Hill Blues 4 Small Tortoiseshell and a Clouded Yellow.On Friday Mill Hill with better weather lots of Adonis Blue at least 3 mating pairs,Chalk Hill Blues,Silver-spotted Skipper,browns and 2 Clouded Yellow. (Barry Sketchley)