First a few sightings in the back garden in June and July this year:
A bright metallic green rose chafer beetle eating pollen on the bramble flowers
Scarlet Tiger Moth – brilliant colours, very weak flier. First appeared here two years ago, been breeding here since.
I had to stay with this slowworm until it found deep cover, as next door’s cat was watching with great intensity
Then some things seen walking on the hills near Lewes:
Dropwort flower – there were lots once I got my eye in. Its called the meadowsweet of the Downs, but it doesn’t smell as good
Heard this swarm of bees before seeing them. They didn’t seem that bothered by our being there, but I thought it best to move on.
Finally some things from a walk on the hills just west of Eastbourne:
It has a Latin name, but no common English one. Dave Bangs calls it the Popeye beetle. It feeds on pollen and nectar, and only the male is bright and showy, of course.
Don’t know this one, but smartly turned out, in Friston Forest.
Burnett Rose on Lullington Heath. Only saw it beside the trampled and grazed paths – swamped by gorse elsewhere, its only about 6 inches high.