We met in the car park just off the B2089.
where Patrick demonstrated how to use nets for catching bugs and caterpillars
including how to get a closer look at the bugs you've caught!
There was also this neat gadget, which folds out...
and then you can hold it under a branch you're knocking on, to see what falls out of it:
Anyway, we all had a great morning wandering round the woods looking for bugs...
We did find caterpillars, and other things too, like pupae:
and a Hazel Leaf Roller:
There were lots of opportunities for us to stop and quiz Patrick, and several group members had useful knowledge on a range of wildlife subjects.
I think Patrick's highlight of the day was not a caterpillar or bug, but this Bird's-nest Orchid, as it was the first time he'd seen one - the rest of us had never even heard of them! Although it looks like it's dead, it's not - it just hasn't got any chlorophyll, and lives by taking nutrients from a host plant, via a mycorrhizal fungus.
Anyway, don't forget to check out the Sussex BC website, where future events are advertised: www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/events.html