Archive for September 3rd, 2008

3rd September 2008, Wednesday

Still plenty of butterflies about …

… if you know where to look. My sunny, sheltered Brown Argus field off Military Road (see 22 August post) continues to host a variety of species – today 4 Small Coppers (pictured), a male Common Blue, a Peacock, a Green-veined White and 20+ Small Whites, with a Small Heath on the river bank at North Salts. The butterflies seem very active even when it’s cloudy, perhaps making the most of the intervals between the showers and gusts in this unseasonally rough weather.

3rd September 2008, Wednesday

Pett Pools waders

At lunchtime today there were 4 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and 5 Avocet on the roadside pool.

3rd September 2008, Wednesday

Large Thorn

This handsome moth, with a 1.5-inch spread wingspan, was the highlight of my catch in Rye today. It could equally well be called the Speckled Thorn, and even the abdomen is barred purplish-brown and warm buff. The feathered antennae show it’s a male. There’s a single generation, in the autumn. Waring classifies it as a local resident (SE quarter of England, Nationally Scarce B) and suspected immigrant, occupying a wide range of broadleaved habitats. Most thorns settle with their wings held out in a V, making it difficult to get the whole moth in focus, but hopefully these 2 shots show the general appearance.