Recent sightings in Sussex
Over two hundred people managed to complete what was a pretty demanding quiz. A big thanks to Martin Kalaher for compiling all the questions. He has written an explanation of the answers here. He is also working hard on the quiz for Christmas 2019, so that is something to look forward to.
What a knowledgeable bunch you are when it comes to butterflies. Almost half of you got 70% and over. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only Dinghy Skipper out there.
|80-89||Queen of Spain||17.56%|
|70-79||Duke of Burgundy||21.46%|
Butterflies in August
In August 2006 Adrian Thomas wrote on this site:
"By the time July is over, that's it, every resident species has emerged at some stage already this year. However, what we have to look forward to is the second or third brood of many species. Reaching their peak in August will be Adonis Blue second brood, Brown Hairstreak, Brown Argus second brood, burgeoning populations of whites. We may also begin to see whether this is going to be a Painted Lady year. However, it is worth looking for the last sighting of the year of Ringlet, Dark Green and Silver-washed Fritillaries, White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks, Silver-studded Blue and Marbled White."
Or as Colin Knight put in an email to me last week. "What a wonderful time of the year, it's all downhill now!"
Saturday 24 August
At Whitehawk Hill near the transmission station next to Brighton race course. Saw about 4 Long-tailed Blue! There were quite a few Small Heath and Small Whites my attention was all on the Long-tailed Blues 😎 (Jenny Hodgkins)
This Poplar Hawk Moth was found in my moth trap this morning. (Douglas Neve)