Fauna, flora and landscapes of Ore Valley, Hastings, East Sussex


White Melilot Melilotus alba at Ore Valley in June




Oxeye Daisy Chrysanthemum leucanthemum



On the level ‘brownfield’ site there are contrasts between dry stony areas and wetter places due to runoff from springs and rainwater. Plants especially of the Pea Family are colonising this semi-desert terrain where there is little soil. Ox-Eye Daisy springs up between patches of Bird’s-foot Trefoil on the dry ground.


The Hoverfly Rhingia rostrata in Ore Valley on May 2nd. A species of southern woodlands and a speciality of the Weald. The lower part of the face projects forwards like a snout. Not much is known about the life-cycle but larvae are thought to develop in carrion.


The Click Beetle Athous haemorrhoidalis is widespread in the Sussex countryside. There were numbers sheltering on plant stems at Speckled Wood during May, where I took this photo. The larva feed on plant roots.

Crown Vetch Coronilla varia is a surprisingly abundant legume at the former industrial site. The beautiful flowers have appeared recently and the plant has proved to be a vigorous climber, even overstanding a large clump of Bramble.

Females of the pollen-feeding beetle Oedemera nobilis have greatly inflated hind femurs. Here one is climbing about in a flower head of the Crown Vetch.



The Harvestman Phalangium opilio clambering about the main post-industrial site photographed on July 12th. This is a male with distinctive projections on the face. The long yellow palps were being waved about as the animal scuttled towards cover.

In full summer the white flowerheads of Wild Carrot and the strawberry colour of flowering Hemp Agrimony have added to the brilliance of the vegetation here.

The Crown Vetch has largely been pollinated and has gone over to seed The distinctive wavy seedpods are quite dark (below).



Insects recorded in Ore Valley Hastings during 2017.

Andrew Grace


Ore Valley was surveyed for insects, primarily noticeable winged forms in order to develop an understanding of the insect ecology and community of the Valley and the areas within. Recording was concentrated on lesser known grous among the hymenoptera and ditera. The results show an important fauna exists and that the brownfield areas have developed a characteristic ecosystem of importance. The records can form the basis for further research and act as a resource for community wildlife management.

The following is a basic simplified Checklist of species identified;-

Arachnidae Spiders

Phalangium opilio


Hemiptera Plant Bugs

Coreus marginatus

Deraeocoris olivaceus


Lepidoptera Butterflies

Gonepteryx rhamni

Ochlodes venatus

Maniola jurtina

Vanessa atalanta


Coleoptera Beetles

Badister bullatus


Hymenoptera Bees

Andrena barbilabris

Andrena dorsata

Andrena minutula

Anthophora furcata

Bombus hypnorum

Dasypoda hirtipes

Hoplitis spinulosa

Hylaeus confusus

Lasioglossum morio

Lasioglossum villosulum

Melitta leporina

Nomada fabriciana

Osmia caerulescens

Sphecodes monilicornis


Hymenoptera Wasps

Brachymeria tibialis

Omalus aeneus

Ancistrocerus gazella

Ancistrocerus parietum

Anoplius nigerrimus

Caliadurgus fasciatellus

Argogorytes mystaceus

Cerceris rybyensis

Crossocerus annulipes

Crossocerus podagricus

Ectemnius lapidarius

Lindenius albilabris

Oxybelus uniglumis

Passaloecus insignis

Pemphredon inornatus

Psenulus pallipes

Rhopalum coarctatum

Sapyga quinquepunctata

Tachysphex pompiliformis

Macrophya annulata

Vespula germanica


Odonata Damselflies and Dragonflies

Coenagrion puella

Orthetrum cancellatum

Aeshna grandis

Sympetrum striolatum

Anax imperator

Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Aeshna cyanea


Orthoptera Crickets and Grasshoppers

Pholidoptera griseoaptera




Leptogaster cylindrica


Calliphoridae Bluebottles, Greenbottles and allies

Calliphora vomitoria

Lucilia caesar

Lucilia sericata

Melinda viridicyanea

Pollenia angustigena

Pollenia rudis

Protocalliphora azurea



Thick-headed Flies Conopidae

Conops quadrifasciatus

Sicus ferrugineus


Muscidae Houseflies and allies

Neria cibaria

Graphomya maculate

Hydrotaea cyrtoneurina

Muscina levida

Muscina similis

Phaonia serva



Pipunculus thomsoni


Rhinophoridae Woodlouse flies and allies

Phyto melanocephala

Rhinophora lepida


Sarcophagidae Fleshflies, Satellite flies and allies

Amobia signata

Brachicoma devia

Sarcophaga anaces

Sarcophaga aratrix

Sarcophaga dissimilis

Sarcophaga frenata

Sarcophaga haemorrhoa

Sarcophaga incisilobata

Sarcophaga melanura

Sarcophaga nigriventris

Sarcophaga rosellei

Sarcophaga variegata



Scathophaga stercoraria


Stratiomyidae Soldierflies

Beris chalybata


Syrphidae Hoverflies

Anasimyia contracta

Cheilosia pagana

Cheilosia scutellata

Cheilosia urbana

Cheilosia variabilis

Cheilosia vernalis

Chrysotoxum bicinctum

Chrysotoxum sp

Eumerus tuberculatus

Ferdinandea cuprea

Myathropa florea

Neoascia podagrica

Pipizella virens

Platycheirus albimanus

Platycheirus albimanus

Riponnensia splendens

Syritta pipiens

Volucella pellucens

Volucella zonaria

Xanthogramma pedissequum


Tabanidae Horseflies

Chrysops relictus


Tachinidae Parasitic flies

Blepharipa pratensis

Carcelia puberula

Cyrtophleba ruricola

Drino lota

Eriothrix rufomaculata

Eurithia anthophila

Eurithia consobrina

Exorista rustica

Linnaemya picta

Nowickia ferox

Pales pavida

Phania funesta

Phryxe nemea

Phryxe sp

Pseudoperichaeta nigrolineata

Sturmia bella

Thelaira nigripes



Chrysophilus cristatus

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