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October 2011


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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In late October, Red was thematic colour, the dark red of the Dogwood stems, the red berries of Holly, Hawthorn, Dog Rose, Wayfaring Tree berries and and a few of the small Bittersweet


22 October 2011
Friends of Lancing Ring
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Venue: The Holy Family Catholic Church Hall at Monks Farmhouse in North Road, Lancing
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Lancing Ring Slide Show (by Ray Hamblett)
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Buzzard (Photograph by Colin Knight)15 October 2011
The first absolutely positive Clouded Yellow Butterfly of the year in the Adur area was seen on Mill Hill and photographed visiting a Hawkbit. A Buzzard (photographed on the left by Colin Knight) soared overhead.

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9 October 2011
A Kestrel hovered over the middle slopes and thorn on Mill Hill. Wasps dominated the Ivy hedge that bordered Mill Hill Road north of the bridge over the A27. So much so, that I did not expect any butterflies on Mill Hill, until I immediately stumbled across a Speckled Wood followed a few seconds later by a Red Admiral, both south of the Reservoir. Eight Meadow Browns were seen all on the lower slopes and two of them in flight and copulating. A single male Common Blue was lively over the lower slopes and a Peacock Butterfly was seen on the Triangle part of the middle slopes. 
Adur Butterfly & Moth List 2011

2 October 2011
Three crimson-brown medium-large moths flew distinctly in three different locations, the first by the hedgerow bordering the railway line in Dolphin Road, Shoreham, the second on the cyclepath south of the Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham. and the the third on on the Adur Levels beneath Mill Hill, in the pasture used as a car boot sale location on summer Sundays. I have identified these moths as most probably the day-flying male Vapourer Moth, Orgyia antiqua, based on past experience, but I have never been able to look at one of these moths settled. 
Adur Moths

1 October 2011
An orange and black (wasp-like) insect flew around my head so I stopped cycling on the river bank side of Adur Recreation Ground and a large hoverfly Volucella zonaria landed on the front tyre of my mountain bike for a few seconds.
My thermometer recorded 24.5 °C in the shade at 1.00 pm whereas the official air temperature recorded 23.0 °C at 1.00 pm.
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