Sunday 15 April
in the warm sunshine this afternoon 3 each of Comma and Peacock were noted. (Alastair Gray)
Over the past two weekends Butterfly Conservation has teamed up with Sussex Wildlife Trust to deliver some butterfly transect training. These events have been part of Woods Mill's 50th anniversary celebrations funded by ScottishPower Foundation. 40 people attended the events and after an indoor session on butterfly identification we went onto the reserve to undertake a trial transect. It didn't matter whether the weather was sunny or drizzling the attendees managed to record White Admirals, Orange-tips, Green Hairstreaks and many more species thanks to some laminated butterflies and some interesting interpretive dance. Thanks to everyone who attended and assisted, to Sussex Wildlife Trust for hosting and to ScottishPower Foundation for funding the event. We hope you take your new skills out across the county and strat-up some new transects (Michael Blencowe)
Yesterday I too had a sighting of a male Orange-tip. This one was in Ringmer. In the afternoon I headed back to High and Over to see if the Wall Brown larva that I had found changing into a pupa was still okay. There was no change with it though, but I was really pleased to find another nearby in the same stage. Today, the 15th I headed back again and was met by the sight of a mass of Ants eating the one I found yesterday. To think it had survived the past 6 months to be eaten just as it was preparing to be a butterfly!!
There was better news with the original one though as it had just completed its change to being a pupa. This is the first pupa I have managed to locate since 3 years ago. I just hope this one makes it through!! (Bob Eade http://bobsbutterflies.blogspot.co.uk)