Bookham Common

Been to Great Bookham Common today. Saw several Dyseriocrania subpurpurella and one Heliozela sericiella. Speaking of butterflies, only those that overwintered — Peacocks (Aglais io), Commas (Nymphalis c-album), Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) and Brimstones (Gonepteryx rhamni).

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Usual spring stuff around. Bombylius major:

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Shoreham-by-Sea

Been to Mill Hill nature reserve on the South Downs near Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.
Wanted to find the Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) there, which apparently may still linger in that place, despite a widespread extinction in Southern England in the last decades. Didn’t see any =(
Anyway, it is a very nice chalk downland location, with plenty of wildlife — although it is a bit more popular with dog walkers than I prefer.

Heard (not seen, but pretty sure about it, I am very familiar with the species) a Wart-biter (Decticus verrucivorus), never met with this big guy in Britain before, it is ridiculously rare here!

Lots of butterflies at the place.

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Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) is the number one butterfly attraction. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) agrees:

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Wandle Meadow

Quickly walked through Wandle Meadow.
Never seen Ruddy Darters (Sympetrum sanguineum) there before. As in Bookham Common, they stick to the /almost dried out/ pond, while Common Darter (S. striolatum) was noted away from the water.

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On the meadow there’s Lesser Marsh Grasshoppers (Chorthippus albomarginatus), but numbers are low:

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Saw several baby frogs in the grass, they must have successfully completed their metamorphosis this year before the ponds dried out.