Butterfly Reports (Butterfly Conservation Society)
UK Butterflies: Sightings
Adur Butterfly Species
Adur Butterfly Flight Times
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Adur Nature Notes 2011
Adur Butterfly List 2010
Adur Butterfly List 2011
Adur Butterfly List 2012
UK Butterflies & Moths (alphabetical order by common name)
Sussex Moth Group Sightings
UK Leps Taxonomic Butterfly List
The hoverfly Volucella bombylans var. plumata was spotted on a new looking wooden fence at the top of The Drive, north Shoreham. There were two Holly Blue Butterflies over Buckingham Cutting (south), landing on the Cotoneaster.
21 May 2019
fluffy Cumulus clouds allowed intermittent
sunshine brought frequent butterflies
out on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. About
three-quarters were lively Adonis Blues
in the transect acre,
more over the slopes) over the swathes of Horseshoe
Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa,
frequent Small Heaths (20+),
patrolling Brimstone Butterflies (10+),
a few Large Whites,
a fresh Grizzled Skipper,
a fresh Dingy Skipper,
a Wall Brown
(on the southern steps), a very fast flying Peacock
Butterfly, at least two each of Burnet
Companion Moths, Cinnabar
Moths and Treble-bar
Moths. Two pairs of Adonis
Grasshoppers were stridulating
at the northern end of the lower slopes and small movements were thought
to be nymphs.
Eight butterfly species and three macro-moths
Rain curtailed my early afternoon visit to Mill Hill, on a day not bright enough to make the butterflies active, although I disturbed five male Adonis Blues, one Brimstone Butterfly, and a Cinnabar Moth in a leisurely fifteen minute of less than half the one acre transect on the lower slopes. A Small White Butterfly fluttered over Dolphin Road, Shoreham.
A tiny 14-spot Ladybird, Propylea quattuordecimpunctata, landed on me near the Tollbridge. There were also three butterflies, a white one, a blue one and a medium-sized brown one, all flighty and not identified to species.
A Buzzard flapped its wings and then glided in the turquoise blue sky over Anchor Bottom. A single male Adonis Blue Butterfly fluttered over central south-facing bank area and a Small Heath Butterfly was seen amongst the hundreds of cow pats. A Red Admiral was seen on the South Downs Way near the Steyning road.
13 May 2019
Blue, Treble-bar Moth, Adonis
Brown Argus, Speckled Wood, Adonis Blue
Adonis Blue, Adonis Blue, Dingy Skipper
Lower slopes of Mill Hill
On a sunny afternoon on the lower slopes of Mill Hill produced scores of restless butterflies fluttering around the early swathes of Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, There were well over a hundred per acre of nine species and all of them were very active and I had to wait for over an hour for any to settle nearby. Dingy Skippers were the most frequent with over forty seen, but Grizzled Skippers were old and much harder to find only a handful including an amorous or sparring pair. The only one that settled for a second was slightly frayed at the edges. Twenty or so male Adonis Blues were very lively until they came across a few females. Small Heaths (12+) were frequently seen often chasing each other and sparring with other species including occasional Common Blues (10+). Brimstone Butterflies patrolled incessantly without pausing, occasionally bumping into the whiter females and both a Large White and a Green-veined White. A flash of grey was a disturbed Treble-bar Moth, and a pretty Mother Shipton Moth was recognised when it settled. A Speckled Wood patrolled the southern steps and a fresh Brown Argus was seen clearly by the winding path, near some Wayfaring Tree shrubs.
On a cloudy afternoon I spotted a Green-veined White on the verges of the cyclepath at Old Shoreham and two very active male Orange-tips near Ladywells on the Coombes Road.
2 May 2019
Dingy Skipper with Horseshoe Vetch
of brilliant blue over the lower slopes of Mill
Hill heralded the beginning of summer on the downs with the first male
Blue Butterfly of the year. It was unmistakable
even though seen in the middle distance for 15 seconds at most; too far
away to follow it for a photograph. Under
a dark cloudy sky with the first spots of rain,
it was too cool for many butterflies.
It was only after nearly an hour did I manage to disturb the first of half
a dozen Dingy Skippers,
followed soon after by a Small Heath,
a Green-veined White
and a probable Peacock Butterfly.
If I had not delayed my return I would missed the Adonis
Blue and a probable Wall
Brown. A Cinnabar
Moth was seen clearly but it quickly disappeared
Six butterfly species
1 May 2019
Green-veined White Butterfly
Alas, the auto-focus on my camera would not work on the whites of the Green-veined White Butterfly on the southern part of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham, (which doubles up as a Footpath 3138 and was once public land in living memory, part of Mill Hill and the walking access route to the downs). The prime photograph was far from sharp as I would have liked and once disturbed the two white butterflies would not settle again. Instead, I was distracted by insect activity a dozen Squash Bugs, Coreus, including two mating pairs, my first Large Red Damselfly of the year, a Red Admiral Butterfly, first of the year hoverfllies, the distinctive Rhingia campestris and the usually obliging Myathropa florea. Lastly, the orange vanessid butterfly that flew over the Waterworks Road was probably a Comma.
30 April 2019
Butterfly near Coombes was ample reward
for a cycle ride which originally going too be a brief afternoon jaunt
to Cuckoo's Corner,
but I cycled further up the Coombes Road.
It was fortunate as I caught a glimpse of a white
butterfly and I just wanted to see if it was
a Small White
or Green-veined White
seen earlier visiting the opportunistic plants
on the tidal defence new embankment (on the realigned Pill
Box Way) next to the Airport.
I did glimpse a small brown butterfly
on Adur Recreation Ground
near the Railway Viaduct, but this was
a too much of a fleeting look for identification. I also spotted the target
butterfly, a strong-flying male Orange-tip,
on the short incline from Cuckoo's Corner to the junction to Applesham
A Holly Blue Butterfly fluttered across the railway level crossing at Brunswick Road, Shoreham. This is the first positive record of the year.
With the first Horseshoe Vetch, Hippocrepis comosa, appearing in bud on the lower slopes of Mill Hill, more butterflies were seen than expected on as hazy afternoon.
A variety of ten butterfly species was more apparent than sheer numbers with Speckled Wood (one over the southern steps), Brimstone 3+, Small White 1+, the first of the year Small Tortoiseshell (southern, top), the first of the year pair of Dingy Skippers, 2+ Grizzled Skippers, 1+ male Orange Tips, another first of the year fresh Small Copper, at least one Peacock Butterfly, occasional Small Heaths 4+, and two Treble-bar Moths. Micro moths were frequently seen and ones recognised were the pyralids Pyrausta purpuralis and Pyrausta despicata as well as an even smaller Pancalia. A small bee was occasionally seen, small and rather distinctive in yellow and black barring: I think this was a Nomada species, most likely Nomada goodeniana. There was another skulking one which could have been Nomada fucata ?
A colourful moth amongst the Red Deadnettle and other dense vegetation on the Widewater flood plain was identified as my first ever Ruby Tiger Moth, Phragmatobia fuliginosa. It was strongly inclined to hide and I could not get a photograph. I underestimated the Brown-tailed Moth nests before and I counted at least twenty on the Blackthorn.
A motorised trip to Woods Mill produced a few restless butterflies in the sun including my first male Orange-tips of the year, a tatty Peacock and a very lively Brimstone Butterfly. One Orange-tip stopped on a Cuckoo Flower for just a second.
Tottington Wood filtered the sunlight through the tree tops making photographing the ground flora very tricky which was not helped by the woody debris Speckled Wood Butterflies were seen as I walked through the wood.
Plenty of butterflies out in the warm sun on Mill Hill this afternoon: at least five male Orange Tips, loads of Brimstone and Peacock, couple of Small Tortoiseshell and a single Green Veined White. Possible Grizzled Skipper but only a fleeting glimpse. Bird wise, Whitethroats and Blackcaps were there, along with the Chiff Chaffs. A few Swallows were passing through.
By the Widewater car park, the Blackthorn showed no trace of flowers or leaves and the adjacent Hawthorn was in leaf and budding. It was on the Blackthorn mostly that the Brown-tailed Moths had built about a dozen nests housing scores of caterpillars which will feed on the interlocking Hawthorn.
Illustrated Moth Nest Report
On the middle of the lower slopes of Mill Hill I spotted just a single Grizzled Skipper, followed by the small pyralid moth Pyrausta nigrata, and later a Small White Butterfly and a strong flying Peacock Butterfly, and on my return journey a Speckled Wood fluttered around the southern steps.
11 April 2019
Admiral rose from the Daisy-covered
lawn at the top of Chanctonbury Drive, north Shoreham (SE of Mill Hill
Road bridge). On a afternoon when the sun came out unexpectedly, I quickly
spotted my first two Grizzled Skippers
of the year on the lower slopes of Mill Hill,
now decorated with Dog Violets,
but much more sparsely than normal. My first Brimstone
Butterfly of the year fluttered past.
The first of three Peacock Butterflies
landed intermittently. No more skippers
Most of the observed action occurred amongst the dense interlocking leaves on the lower slopes where a brigade of working mutualistic red ants, Myrmica sabuleti, were attracted by sugary secretions of the green and yellow caterpillars of the Adonis Blue Butterfly.
Mill Hill Picture Report
I spotted a Speckled Wood Butterfly at Cuckoo's Corner on the Coombes Road.
I stopped in at Mill Hill and managed to find a Grizzled Skipper, the first of the year reported in Sussex.
A Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly was seen on Lancing Ring Nature Reserve.
A Red Admiral rose from the Alexander-covered steps to Mill Hill (=Butterfly Copse) near the footpath section of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
A Common Bee-fly visited the first few Cowslips on the the verges of the Downs Link Cyclepath south of the Cement Works. Two Peacock Butterflies sparred, or courted, over the same path, a half mile, or so, further south. Three common species of hoverfly were attracted to Alexanders: notably Syrphus, Eristalis.
22 March 2019
It was too cool (9.2 °C) for a Peacock Butterfly to open its wings naturally as it was discovered with it wings firmly closed in the gutter of Buckingham Road, Shoreham, in the late afternoon. It was likely enticed from hibernation into a brief flight earlier to enable me to record my first butterfly of the year.
A Brimstone Butterfly was seen by the River Adur.
In the weak sunshine I spotted my first butterfly of the year; a Red Admiral over Mill Hill Road at the southern end of the bridge over the A27.
Adur Flight Times
Butterfly Sightings Summary
Butterfly Flight Times (best site)
Butterfly Conservation: First Sightings
UK Butterflies Discussion Board
Blue Butterflies of Shoreham
TBI: To be identified
NEW ACFOR SYSTEM OF ABUNDANCE OVER A SPECIFIED AREA:
= 10,000 +
ABUNDANT 1000- 10,000
VERY COMMON = 500-1000
VERY FREQUENT = 50-100
FREQUENT 10 - 50
RARE = ONLY 1 or
4-10 per year
Very Scarce 1-3 per year
Rare less one than every year
Very Rare 1-3 records in total since 2000
Condition of Butterflies
Fine: good condition
Tattered; Torn and battered
MultiMap Aerial Photograph of the Adur Levels and the Downs
British Lepidoptera on flickr