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


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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