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Travel Theme: Unexpected

Travel Theme: Unexpected

Travel Theme: Unexpected

Whilst on a family day out at Newlands Corner, a beauty spot with wonderful views, in the Surrey Hills, I went butterfly chasing. I thought I’d spotted a skipper so I tried to weave my way through the brambles and nettles to get a photo. What I saw had me quite perplexed as it clearly had markings that I didn’t recognise for a skipper but was the same shape and size. I managed to get a few photos of several of them flitting among the brambles and wildflowers.

When I got home and onto the computer, I brought up the UK Butterfly and moth identification guides and got to work. It didn’t match any of the skippers, coppers or fritillaries so on the off-chance I went over to moths.

The result was thoroughly unexpected! I’ve never seen one of these little beauties before but it is, indeed, one of our day-flying moths! It’s called a Speckled Yellow, scientific name: Pseudopanthera macularia. I hope you’ll agree that it really is a little gem πŸ™‚

21 comments on “Travel Theme: Unexpected

  1. yeah huh i see alotta folks mistaken some moths fer butterflies, but yep ur right,,,althought the moth and the b flies bodies an wingz are much different once ya get accustomed to lewkin at the 2,,, kewl shotz πŸ™‚ Q

    • Thanks Q πŸ™‚ Skippers and some coppers have quite furry bodies so I often see people mistaking them for moths! I’m always on the lookout for Hawkmoths but have only managed to photograph one over in Greece, the Hummingbird Hawkmoth! Last year I saw loads of Silver Y’s which are really lovely day-fliers πŸ™‚

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