Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Silver-spotted Skipper




The end of July and it's Silver-spotted Skipper time again. That means a trip to Newtimber Hill and a morning searching one of the most productive butterflying locations on the Sussex Downs. Not having spent much time butterflying this year it was also a good opportunity to top up the year list with the downland species.

Sightings included Small, Large and Essex Skippers; Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Holly Blue, and Brown Argus; Small White, Green-veined White, and Marbled White; plus Painted Lady, Peacock, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Copper, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and a few micro moths. Not a bad haul but I was disappointed not to see Brimstone, Wall Browns and Small Tortoiseshell which this trip has delivered in previous years.



Silver-spotted Skipper



Silver-spotted Skipper



Some of the other butterflies seen today



Brown Argus



Common Blue



Essex Skipper - Black tips to the underside of the antenna



Green-veined White



Small Copper



A couple of the micro moths. There were a good number about but I couldn't get any clear shots.



Pyrausta nigrata



Pyrausta purpuralis


and a few from last week



Chalkhill Blue



Dark Green Fritillary



Dark green underwings but it is a Silver-washed Fritillary



Lighter coloured Silver-washed Fritillary



Large Skipper



Peacock



Small Skipper - orange tips to the underside of the antenna




I have missed a good few of the butterflies this year but visiting Newtimber for the Silver-spotted Skippers is one of the essentials for the year.


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