Following the East bank of the Arun northwards from Burpham towards South Stoke you reach an area of old water Meadows. Other than the noise from the railway line passing through, it seems like one of the most remote and untouched spots in Sussex. In practice it is just the opposite, being covered in old man made irrigation channels and water level management structures.
The meadows themselves look as though they have been sprayed to limit "weed" growth in the verdant grasses growing on them. However, there are pockets around the edges, untouched by man or spray and full of insect life. A real window on what the country side must have once been like. On Thursday Dave and I decided on an entomological day and set off to investigate.
Dropping down to the river bank on the path just to the north of the George pub you pass through a wonderful wildflower meadow before emerging onto the river bank and following it towards the railway crossing.
|Drinker Moth Caterpillar|
|Yellow Dung Fly - Scathophaga stercoraria|
|Didn't get enough time with this one to be able to identify it.|
|Nettle Tap - Anthophila fabriciana|
|Green Dock Beetles|
|Plum Tortrix - Hedya pruniana|
|Yellow-tail Moth Caterpillar|
|Silver Ground Carpet - Xanthorhoe montanata|
|Maiden's Blush - Cyclophora punctaria|
|Red-headed Cardinal Beetle|
|Common Marble - Celypha lacunana|
|Yellow-barred Long-horn - Nemophora degeerella|
|Common Tubic - Alabonia geoffrella|
|Vapourer Moth Caterpillar|
|Clouded Border - Lomaspilis marginata|
|Cream Wave - Scopula floslactata|
Dave easily won the bites competition twenty nine bites on his arms and one on his backside, although I am not sure how he managed to get that one. I got off a lot lighter. I can only think that the secret is to let your friend lead the way. Fresh meat going through first attracts all the attention.