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).


Usual spring stuff around. Bombylius major:


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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.


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.



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


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