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2019 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

Duke of Burgundy
23 April

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
20 April

Small Heath
17 April

Dingy Skipper*
11 April

Wall Brown
07 April

Small Copper
30 March

Green Hairstreak
30 March

Grizzled Skipper*
30 March

Clouded Yellow
29 March

Orange-tip
25 March

Green-veined White
24 March

Large White
07 March

Painted Lady
25 Feb

Speckled Wood
24 Feb

Camberwell Beauty
23 Feb

Small White*
23 Feb

Comma
15 February

Small Tortoiseshell
15 Feb

Holly Blue
14 February

Brimstone
09 January

Red Admiral*
01 January

Peacock*
01 January

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Recent sightings in Sussex

April is the kindest month

In Holland between 1890 and 2017 there was an 84 percent decline in butterfly abundance and 15 species disappeared completely, according to analysis by the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics. Unfortunately, they only have accurate records since the 1990 so this figure is an estimate. In the UK we have been collecting data since the 1970’s and have a fairly good picture of the decline in both butterfly distribution and abundance since 1976, but before then we too must rely on estimates.

This week, dozens of people throughout Sussex will begin their weekly transect walks during which they will record the numbers of butterflies in our two counties for the year 2019. As they quietly go about their business, they will be leaving a permanent record which will be used by lepidopterists perhaps hundreds of years into the future, who won't have to estimate. Our transect walkers do important work and we thank them for their efforts.

Ed jnr

Situations vacant

The National Park are recruiting volunteers for shared butterfly transects at Barnsfarm, Chanctonbury, Sullington Hill and Long Furlong. If you want to know more drop me a line. (Ed jnr)


Wednesday 24 April

Male Orange Tip resting on Weigela leaf today, before it started raining in Bexhill. (Maria Dixon)

In my Storrington garden, the past 2-3 days, I have seen Holly Blue laying eggs on the un-opened flower buds of Portuguese Laurel and Brimstone laying on Alder Buckthorn. If anyone is thinking of planting some laurel it's worth considering Portuguese Laurel (over Common Laurel) as Holly Blues do like this shrub. (Martin Kalaher)

The moth season is definitely underway. I had 7 species on our balcony last night, including a new one, the Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius). The others were: Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata), Double-striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata), Narrow-winged Grey (Eudonia angustea), Nut Tree Tussock (Colocasia coryli) and Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria). (Colin Knight)