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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Butterflies and other creatures on The Caburn, East Sussex, UK, yesterday, including "The Pride of Sussex" flower and The Adonis Blue and Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies.

 The walk from Firle to the top.
Common Blue butterfly

Silver Y moth

Chalkhill Blue butterfly

Silver Y moth

Silver Y moth with a Meadow Brown butterfly

Meadow Brown

Small Skipper ?

Silver-spotted Skipper

Painted Lady butterfly.

Painted Lady butterfly.


The "Pride of Sussex", Round-headed Rampion, the County flower of Sussex

The "Pride of Sussex", Round-headed Rampion, the County flower of Sussex

Common Green Grasshopper

Common Green Grasshopper

 In a vain search for crickets, I walk to the bottom and up again.
Yellow Belle moth

Yellow Belle moth

Kestrel


Adonis blue

Adonis blue

Clouded Yellow butterfly

Clouded Yellow butterfly

Gatekeeper


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Native Gentians and Bellflowers on an eight miles walk in the Surrey Hills today

Yellow Wort, Blackstonia perfoliata, (a native Gentian) with the view to Norbury Park where we walk later.
 It was about eight miles and lots of steep inclines from Burford Bridge in the glorious Surrey Hills on a circular walk to Box Hill, Juniper Top, Mickleham Down, (beer break at the very pleasant King William IV Bar & Pub, Byttom Hill, Mickleham, RH5 6EL), the Mole Valley - Norbury Park:
Bellflowers

Clustered Bellflower, Campanula glomerata

Harebells, Campanula rotundifolia

Autumn Gentian, Gentianella amarella just opening.

The view from Juniper Top to Norbury Park.

Clustered Bellflowers

Nettle-leaved Bellflower, Campanula trachelium in the woods of Norbury Park.

Yellow Wort

These chalk Downlands and woods are full of beautiful flowers and views with some strenuous hills to climb: an area that is well worth exploring again and again.



Native Gentians and Bellflowers on an eight miles walk in the Surrey Hills today

Yellow Wort, Blackstonia perfoliata, (a native Gentian) with the view to Norbury Park where we walk later.
 It was about eight miles and lots of steep inclines from Burford Bridge in the glorious Surrey Hills on a circular walk to Box Hill, Juniper Top, Mickleham Down, (beer break at the very pleasant King William IV Bar & Pub, Byttom Hill, Mickleham, RH5 6EL), the Mole Valley - Norbury Park:
Bellflowers

Clustered Bellflower, Campanula glomerata

Harebells, Campanula rotundifolia

Autumn Gentian, Gentianella amarella just opening.

The view from Juniper Top to Norbury Park.

Clustered Bellflowers

Nettle-leaved Bellflower, Campanula trachelium in the woods of Norbury Park.

Yellow Wort

These chalk Downlands and woods are full of beautiful flowers and views with some strenuous hills to climb: an area that is well worth exploring again and again.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Damselflies & Dragonflies in West Sussex this week

Wakehurst Place yesterday was full of life.
Azure Damselfly, Coenagrion puella

Emerald Damselfly, mature male, Lestes sponsa

Emerald Damselfly, Lestes sponsa

Blue-tailed Damselfly male Ischnura elegans

A small Pike?
Common Darter in my garden

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea

Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea laying eggs in the mud at the side of my garden pond.

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