Lower Adur Valley, West Sussex

July 2014

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31 July 2014

Hornet Robber Fly
Asilus crabroniformis
Southern Hawker
Dragonfly nymph

On a slightly cooler summer's day, a short detour to the outskirts of north Shoreham was rewarded with my first Brown Argus Butterfly of the year, two Small Blue Butterflies not seen the previous day, my first Hornet Robber Fly  of the year, a Southern Hawker (dragonfly), and a total of ten species of butterflies in as many minutes. The damaged Garden Tiger Moth found on my front path last night was released into my damp front garden. It crawled into the undergrowth rather than flying away. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Butterfly & Moth Report
Difference between Brown Argus and female Common Blues

30 July 2014

Adonis Blue
Meadow Brown

An afternoon circular trip over Mill Hill produced 18 different species of butterfly, including a restless 69 male Chalkhill Blues, the first of the second brood Adonis Blues, at least three immigrant Clouded Yellows, a few vanessids visiting Hemp Agrimony, ubiquitous Meadow Browns, very frequent Gatekeepers, frequent Common Blues, six Wall Browns, occasional Marbled Whites and other resident species expected on chalk downs in summer.
Full Butterfly Report

27 July 2014

Common Newt

22 July 2014
A cycle ride to Annington Sewer and back, with a detour to Anchor Bottom, brought 15 different species of butterfly, but the highlight of the day was a male Banded Demoiselle over a stream next to the cyclepath halfway between Old Shoreham and Upper Beeding. This blue demoiselle has a butterfly-like wing, but like all damsels landed with its wings closed. 

Green-veined White Butterflies, Small Whites and a Comma Butterfly were seen on the warm afternoon, when not noted the previous day. The Small Tortoiseshells seen were exceptionally bright in the sunshine but the Red Admirals, Peacocks and Wall Browns were all fresh and impressive. 
Full Butterfly Report

21 July 2014
After the thunder and rain deluges (a weather front from the south), I was curious to see what life was out on the downs and about in the humid sunshine on an overcast muggy afternoon. 

 Small Skipper
Dingy Skipper

An amble up to Mill Hill produced upwards of 250 butterflies and included thirteen different species in as many minutes. The total personal species tally was 17 species including a first of the year Dark Green Fritillary, a fresh Wall Brown, my first two immigrant Clouded Yellows, a second brood Dingy Skipper, and about a hundred Chalkhill Blues (a week before they are due to peak). Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns. and Marbled Whites were all ubiquitous on the lower slopes of Mill Hill. Less than frequent (lower slopes only, recorded in single figures) were Speckled Woods, Large Whites, Small Heaths, Common Blues, Brimstones, Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Small Skippers. My first of year teneral Common Darter (dragonfly) landed in front of me. As I was about to go home I spotted a blue Southern Hawker patrolling the unruly hedge at the bottom of the lower slopes. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Full Butterfly & Moth Report

20 July 2014
The heaviest deluge of rain I have ever seen started at 8:02 pm. It was still going at 8:07 pm. It eased at 8:16 pm but it was still heavy rain and over an inch of extra water was seen in a bucket (rough measurement at 33 mm) and my front path doorstep was underwater for the first time recorded. The thunder and lightning was not particularly unusual. The rain eased even more by 8:21 pm and finished shortly afterwards. 

 Hare's Foot Clover
Childing Pink
Childing Pink

Almost all the day was sunny with clouds, overcast at times, and very humid, with just enough breeze to sway the more fragile plants like the Childing Pink, Petrorhagia  nanteuilii, at Silver Sands, Shoreham Beach

Old Shoreham Cyclepath

Adur Wild Flowers 2014

18 July 2014
Rain, Thunder and Lightning started just after 1:00 am. It was unprecedented in frequency of continuous lightning this century from 1:40 am to 2:00 am.
Shoreham Weather 2014

Sheet Lightning
Photograph by Natasha Adams

The Spanish Plume (Penacho Iberico in Spanish and Spaanse Pluim in Dutch) is a weather pattern in which a plume of warm air moves from the Iberian plateau or the Sahara to northwest Europe giving rise to severe storms. This meteorological pattern can lead to extreme high temperatures and intense rainfall during the summer months, with potential for flash flooding, damaging hail storms and tornado formation. [wiki
Spanish Plume (NetWeather UK)

17 July 2014
A Buzzard soared over the tree-lined downs west of Steyning

10 July 2014

The first flowers of Teasel appeared and seen on this particularly large specimen spotted at the Withy Gap lay-by, Lancing. Its height was calculated at 215 cm.
Adur Teasels

7 July 2014
Chalkhill Blue Butterflies were seen for the first time this year and eight were seen in the one acre transect on Mill Hill, which indicates the first one was probably in flight a few days ago. They were early this year. 

Marbled White

After the paucity of butterflies that often occurs in late June, there were fresh butterflies on the wing were very frequently seen on the downs with Marbled Whites leading the way with at least 71 seen, but there were as many of both Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers of the ten species seen in an hour. 
Adur Butterflies: First Dates
Full Butterfly & Moth Report

5 July 2014

White Poplar
Common Poppies

2 July 2014
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Macroglossum stellatarum, flew straight into the carnot wall on the south side of Shoreham Fort. It flew off before my camera could find it. I noted just two Wall Lizards, Podarcis muralis, on the flint walls in the early afternoon and the large one had typically lost part of its tail. 

Wall Lizard
Childing Pink

Childing Pink, Petrorhagia  nanteuilii, was flowering by Silver Sands but the double flowers had not yet appeared in full. There were over a hundred plants. 
Adur Moths

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Adur Butterfly List 2014
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