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Kithurst Hill

Postby mud-puddling » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:01 pm

Following some recent reports of Clouded Yellows across Sussex, I set off early to Kithurst Hill, with the plan to catch them before the temperature got to high. I arrived just after 7am and soon found plenty of roosting Common Blue, Brown Argus, and Chalkhill Blue; the latter were fairly worn and included this individual which I think looks like a good candidate for
ab. parallela (but I am only speculating from a few pictures I have seen and a description in Z. Wiss. Ins. Biol. 1907.3. p36).

As well as the Chalkhills, there were good numbers of Brown Argus (all in pretty good condition too) and Common Blue, plus Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White, Small White, Small Skipper, and my target for the day 3 Clouded Yellows. I saw my first Sussex Clouded Yellow in 3 years around 09:15, the cloud cover was good so it was fairly docile and easy to photograph. However as soon as the sun appeared it was a different story! I saw another 1, possibly 2 individuals before I left just before 10am.

Later in the afternoon, I had another 6 separate sightings of Clouded Yellow at Pulborough Brooks, plus Peacock, Speckled Wood, and Brimstone to add to the day's tally.

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Chalkhill Blue Aberrant 01_Kithurst Hill_200813signred.jpg
Chalkhill Blue, Lysandra Coridon
Clouded Yellow 01 Kithurst Hill_200813signred.jpg
Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus
Brown Argus 03_Kithurst Hill_200813signred.jpg
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
Brown Argus 02_Kithurst Hill_200813signred.jpg
Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

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Re: Kithurst Hill

Postby David M » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:08 pm

Nice shots, MP.

Glad you found your quarry.

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Postby mud-puddling » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:21 pm

Swallowtail East Sussex Still Present Sunday

Can it get any better? After seeing reports of a European Swallowtail in East Sussex (Windover Hill) on Friday and Saturday, and with the heavy rain and cold temperatures seemingly set in, I thought I'd chance my luck and see if it was still present this am. Arriving at just before 7, I met Gary (Faulkner) and we trudged up the very steep chalk path to the site. An hour later, after a seemingly fruitless search hiking up and down the slopes in the pouring rain, I'd all but given up. But luckily there were others searching and they eventually found it, just to the side of the main footpath. Oh how easy it could have been! It was seemingly in the same spot as it had been on Friday and Saturday, and wasn't moving fast! Lots of photos to process but here are a selection. Maybe a tad worn but I never thought I'd see a Swallowtail in Sussex so well chuffed:-)
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Swallowtail 04_Windover Hill_250813signred.jpg
01 European Swallowtail, P.m.gorganus
Swallowtail 03b_Windover Hill_250813signred.jpg
02 European Swallowtail, P.m.gorganus
Swallowtail 01b_Windover Hill_250813signred.jpg
03 European Swallowtail, P.m.gorganus
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Re: mud-puddling

Postby David M » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:03 pm

Excellent stuff. I'm so pleased you got your reward.

Nice images too!

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Butterflysaurus rex » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:46 pm

Arghh I was going to go and see if it was still there today but I couldn't make it! I wonder if there's a chance it will still be there tomorrow.

Well done lovely shots :D

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Paul Harfield » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:15 pm

Hi Leigh
Super pics. Once in a lifetime opportunity, perhaps :D It was a bit too far for me this weekend. I am still trying to find my first Brown Hairstreak :(

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby mud-puddling » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:55 am

Hi Jack, no I doubt there be many opportunities like that :-) was pretty amazing to see. I know what you mean re Brown Hairstreaks, hard to pin down even when you know where to go. Weather and time of day a key. Regards, Leigh

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A little blue but happy

Postby mud-puddling » Mon May 05, 2014 3:14 pm

On Wednesday evening I visited Chantry Hill on the search for some roosting Grizzled Skippers. Not to be disappointed I found with Katrina's help 3 Grizzleds and 1 roosting Small Copper.

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Grizzled Skipper, Chantry Hill


On my first visit to Kithurst Hill this year (Sunday 4th May), I was pleased to see the abundance of Cowslips in bloom but the highlight of course was a lone Duke of Burgundy. Whilst not one for posing, I managed a few pleasing images. And just as I was leaving an added bonus in the form of a freshly emerged Small Blue! Got to just love that colour!? The season (and the weather) it seems is hotting up!

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Small Blue, Kithurst Hill

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Duke of Burgundy, Kithurst Hill
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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Susie » Mon May 05, 2014 7:07 pm

Beautiful, Leigh :)

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An evening stroll around Mill Hill, West Sussex

Postby mud-puddling » Sun May 18, 2014 8:48 am

Had a good little stroll around the Southern Slope at Mill Hill this evening - Adonis, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper and best of all a posing Grizzled which started off wings open and then eventually closed as the sun went down. Some photos below and on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48896022@ ... 4003076288

Adonis Blue 01_Mill Hill_170514signUK.jpg
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus


Adonis Blue 02_Mill Hill_170514signUK.jpg
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus


Common Blue 01_Mill Hill_170514signUK.jpg
Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus


Grizzled Skipper 01L_170514sign.jpg
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae


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Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby mud-puddling » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:49 am

Thanks to Neil I managed to be witness to the historic emergence of British born European Swallowtails in Sussex. This photograph of a beautiful female European Swallowtail was taken up on the downs near home. I'm indebted Neil!

Here are just a few of the many, many photographs I took.



Swallowtail female 06_Steyning_050614signUK.jpg
Female European Swallowtail, Papilio machaon gorganus


Swallowtail female 03_Steyning_050614signUK.jpg
Female European Swallowtail, Papilio machaon gorganus
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Female European Swallowtail, Papilio machaon gorganus
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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Neil Hulme » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:54 am

Hi Leigh,

The first shot in particular is a cracker. You did her justice. Hope you didn't get indigestion over your lunch-break!

BWs, Neil

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Pauline » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:10 pm

I've long been a fan of your photography Leigh (as mentioned recently in my diary) and those are beautiful images. I'm so pleased you decided to share them with us :D

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby mud-puddling » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:19 am

Swallowtail female 10_Steyning_050614signUK.jpg
Female European Swallowtail, Papilio machaon gorganus


Another shot of the Steyning European Swallowtail. What a stunning insect - the underwing as beautiful as the upper.

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Willrow » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:32 pm

Yes indeed some really wonderful creative imagery Leigh.

Bill :D

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Why not visit my website at http://www.dragonfly-days.co.uk

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Postby mud-puddling » Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:04 pm

Just back from a week on the Isle of Wight on a family holiday (the location was not influenced in the slightest by the opportunity to photograph the Glanville Fritillary). I saw good numbers despite it being towards the end of their season. Whilst most I saw were past their best I found a good population on the 11th (I can only guestimate there were at least 30 individuals) just east of Compton Bay (which was a bit of a hotspot for me last year but not this) which had a few seemingly freshly emerged specimen's, including this individual (below), and a few mating pairs.

Now I've never witnessed a pair of butterflies in coitus before but one pair I watched where still doing their thing 22 minutes after I first found them together!

Glanville Fritillary 01_110614signUK.jpg
Glanville Fritillary, Melitaea cinxia


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Glanville Fritillary, Melitaea cinxia


Glanville Fritillary 03_110614signUK.jpg
Glanville Fritillary, Melitaea cinxia


I have to particularly thank Andy Butler (I hope you read this) who I met at Bonchurch 'Wheelers Bay' on the Monday previous for the tip (I was with my wife and 2 young children).

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Mike Robinson » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:57 am

Somr interesting commentaries and lovely pictures …..

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby mud-puddling » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:44 pm

And here is the pic of the mating couple. A marathon event by all accounts...

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Glanville Fritillary, Melitaea cinxia

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby Wurzel » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:53 pm

Great shots mud-puddling :D :mrgreen: I remember from a similar experience that the Glannies certainly have some stamina :oops: We'd take a few shots, go and find something else and then come back for a few more shots etc etc.

Have a goodun

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Re: mud-puddling

Postby David M » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:27 pm

Nice to hear they're still about in decent numbers in mid-June.


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