After he had polished the mud off his glasses, Ian Bushell continued his survey of the park:Read on here
Here is a fascinating little video of a peacock butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. We know that there are at least two nests of peacock caterpillars in the park so, by the end of July, we should see these beautiful adults.
Beautiful images of a meadow brown taken in the park last night, at the end of the year’s longest day, by Chris Seymour.
A peacock butterfly female lays about 500 eggs under the top leaves of a healthy nettle plant. The eggs hatch out into caterpillars after about two weeks and the caterpillars immediately spin a protective web called a nest around the top of the plant.Continue reading “Two peacock nests”
A painted lady (Vanessa cardui) spotted this morning at the far end of Lambrok Meadow and added to our 2019 butterfly list.
UPDATE 13.06.2019: THIS IS A NEW SPECIES IN THE PARK.Continue reading “Painted lady”
Why is blue so rare in nature?Click here for a video that explores this topic
On Thursday, Lisa Burge sent us this picture and a message via Facebook:
” What type of butterfly is this please? Seen in Southwick Country Park.”Continue reading “Large skipper”
A new species for our 2019 butterfly list: a common blue (Polyommatus icarus) identified and photographed on the next page by Ian Bushell.Turn the page here
The complex surface of the wing of a speckled wood
(Pararge aegeria) photographed by DKG.
holly blue, large white and orange tip
Ian Bushell walking round the park with our Countryside Officer, Ali Rasey, spotted a large white, a male brimstone, two male orange tips, a speckled wood, a small tortoiseshell and a holly blue. That is four more species for our spotter’s list
small tortoiseshell. speckled wood, brimstone
Usually the butterfly population of the park is estimated by walking transects during the summer. This means regularly walking a set route through the park, on days of butterfly-friendly weather, and counting the number of species and individuals within a certain distance of that route.Continue reading “Butterfly list”
On Wednesday, DKG and his macro lens took a close look at some of the park’s invertebrate inhabitants.
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