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2018 Last sightings

Updated 18 August

Adonis Blue

Black hairstreak
28 June

Brimstone

Brown Argus

Brown Hairstreak

Camberwell Beauty
13 July

Chalk Hill Blue

Clouded Yellow

Comma

Common Blue

Dark Green Fritillary
12 August

Dingy Skipper
14 August

Duke of Burgundy
4 June

Essex Skipper

Gatekeeper

Grayling
7 August

Green Hairstreak
24 June

Green-veined White

Grizzled Skipper
22 June

Holly Blue

Large Skipper
22 July

Large Tortoiseshell
15 March

Large White

Long-tailed Blue

Marbled White
25 August

Meadow Brown

Monarch

Orange-tip
6 June

Painted Lady

Peacock

Pearl-bordered Fritillary
27 May

Purple Emperor
27 July

Purple Hairstreak
12 August

Red Admiral

Ringlet
4 August

Silver-spotted Skipper

Silver-studded Blue
14 July

Silver-washed Fritillary

Small Blue

Small Copper

Small Heath

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Small Skipper

Small Tortoiseshell

Small White

Speckled Wood

Swallowtail
7 May.

Wall Brown

White Admiral
5 September

White-letter Hairstreak
20 July

Wood White

2018 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

Grayling
13 July

Silver-spotted Skipper
11 July

Brown Hairstreak
6 July

Chalk Hill Blue
27 June

Camberwell Beauty
23 June

Essex Skipper
22 June

Gatekeeper

Purple Emperor
17 June

Purple Hairstreak
15 June

Small Skipper
14 June

Silver-Washed Fritillary
13 June

Ringlet
9 June

Marbled White
9 June

White Admiral
8 June

White-letter Hairstreak
7 June

Silver-studded Blue
6 June

Black Hairstreak
4 June

Dark Green Fritillary
2 June

Meadow Brown
28 May

Large Skipper
26 May

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
15 May

Adonis Blue
11 May

Small Blue
9 May

Swallowtail
7 May

Wood White*
6 May

Common Blue*
6 May

Brown Argus*
6 May

Duke of Burgundy
4 May

Pearl-bordered fritillary
4 May

Small Heath*
25 April

Wall Brown
22 April

Dingy Skipper
21 April

Clouded Yellow
18 April

Green Hairstreak*
18 April

Holly Blue
14 April

Orange-tip
14 April

Grizzled Skipper*
14 April

Large White
11 April

Green-veined White
3 April

Speckled Wood
31 March

Small Copper*
14 March

Large Tortoiseshell*
15 March

Small White
13 March

Painted Lady*
6 March

Peacock
25 January

Small Tortoiseshell
10 Jan*

Comma*
10 January

Brimstone
10 January

Red Admiral
10 January

Atlas Sites

Sites are listed according to their number in the "The Butterflies of Sussex". Sites which have been reported from in 2018 are coloured green.

1Stansted Forest
SU 74700 10500
2Harting Down
SU 79096 18002
3Kingley Vale
SU 82460 11093
4Levin Down
SU 88653 13378
5Heyshott Escarpment
SU 89900 16800
6Graffham
SU 92797 19351
7Eartham Wood
SU 94301 11051
8Rewell Wood
SU 98540 08053
9Fairmile Bottom
SU 98835 09454
10Houghton Forest
SU 99448 11553
11Medley Bottom
TQ 04400 11600
12Kithurst
TQ 07000 12500
13Chantry Hill
TQ 08060 12533
14Cissbury
TQ 13891 08024
15Steyning DS
TQ 16818 11325
16Anchor Bottom
TQ 20400 09300
17Mill Hill
TQ 21167 07456
18Edburton
TQ 23612 11325
19Benfield Hill
TQ 26167 07852
20Devils Dyke
TQ 26176 10681
21Saddlescombe
TQ 27021 11652
22Wolstonbury Hill
TQ 28100 13800
23Hollingbury Park
TQ35076
24Whitehawk Hill
TQ331049
25Bevendean Down
TQ 33800 06400
26Castle Hill
TQ 37015 06996
27Blackcap
SU 92096 29374
28Malling Down
TQ 42164 11255
29Well Bottom
TQ 45300 05500
30Newhaven Tide Mills
TQ 45999 00260
31Frog Firle farm/ High and Over
TQ 50916 01097
32Cuckmere Valley
TV 51613 98238
33Deep Dean
TQ 54300 03000
34Lullington Heath
TQ 54473 01754
35Friston Forest
TQ 51879 00174
36Beachy Head
TV 59467 96037
37Weavers Down
SU 81300 30400
38Chapel Common
SU 8194 2861
39Iping & Stedham Common
SU 85234 21996
40Thorney island
SU 76700 01000
41Binsted Wood
SU 99403 06629
42Ebernoe Common
SU 97576 27836
43Southwater Woods
TQ 15729 25765
44Knepp
TQ 15590 21737
45Warnham
TQ 17200 32700
46West Grinsted Downs Link
TQ 18251 23147
47Woods Mill
TQ 21836 13811
48Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve
TQ 31867 20558
49Markstakes Common
TQ 40116 18362
50Rowlands Wood & Park Corner Heath
TQ 51482 14924
51Abbots Wood
TQ 55781 07267
52Blunts Wood & Paiges Meadows
TQ 31828 24794
53Ashdown Forest
TQ 45901 27803
54Eridge Rocks/Old Park
TQ 55454 35509
55Hargate Forest
TQ 57445 36918
56Batts Wood
TQ 63783 27505
57Fore Wood
TQ 74700 13100
58Brede High Woods
TQ 79400 20200
59Hastings Country Park
TQ 84931 11732
60Beckley Woods
TQ 85800 21900
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Recent sightings in Sussex

Butterflies in October

There have been 20 species of butterfly recorded on the sighting page in the first week of October. Below are the average last sighting days for these species as recorded in "The Butterflies of Sussex".
26 September Brown Hairstreak
28 September Green-veined White
30 September Adonis Blue
3 October Small Heath
6 October Brown Argus
11 October Meadow Brown
12 October Holly Blue
17 October Common Blue
16 October Large White
27 October Clouded Yellow
28 October Small Copper
27 October Wall Brown
2 November Small White
7 November Speckled Wood
8 November Painted Lady

The following species hibernate and can appear at any point during the winter: Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone

Ed jnr


Sunday 14 October

A total of 17 people gathered today on Park Corner Heath for the first conservation work party of the season, under the leadership of Jonathan Squire. We cut a large area of scrub on the plateau in front of the hut. 2 Male Brimstone were seen flying over, and we also found 1 frog, 1 toad, 1 Grass snake, 1 Common Plume Moth, 1 Silver Y moth, 1 male Vapourer moth, and several interesting plants: wood sage, both slender and trailing St John's Wort, Devil's Bit Scabious, and some well nibbled violet leaves. Also one nibbled Fly Agaric. (Nigel Symington)

A late Humming-bird Hawk-moth today in the garden was a surprise, as was this very smart bug that was found walking up the patio door. Successfully transferred to a leaf for a photo. It is a Western Conifer Seed Bug that was first imported into the Country in 1999 from America. It is now becoming quite widespread apparently. In the very dull conditions today it was a surprise to see anything!! (Bob Eade http://bobsbutterflies.blogspot.co.uk)

Preston Park Rock Garden; In reply to Barry Collins' sighting of Box-tree moths coming to Sussex, I saw one at the Rockery last week and pointed out to Andy the gardener there. (Graeme Rolf https://www.flickr.com/photos/128321708@N03/albums/72157649396241380)

First ever (adult or larval) Box Tree Moth sighting, in 9 years of collecting in Sussex. Happy to share my 2018 records if someone emails me on hcolville@evolvefs.co.uk (Hugh Colville)

Another late afternoon walk around Cissbury Ring yesterday (13 October) produced plenty of butterflies, including Wall Brown, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Peacock, Common Blue and Small Copper. I didn't perform any accurate counts, but Wall Brown and Small Copper remain present in good numbers (probably 15-20 of each), with one or two examples still in excellent condition. I also found four Clouded Yellows in the eastern coombe, which behaved impeccably whenever the temperature dropped during cloudy periods. (Neil Hulme)