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Spotted On Scabious

Six Spot Burnet Moth on Wild Scabious FlowerSpotted On Scabious

A wonderful six-spot burnet moth on a wild scabious flower, found on Saturday on the slopes of Box Hill. It was great to find a number of day-flying moths while I was out doing The Big Butterfly Count.

The Zigzag Road of Box Hill

The North Downs, including Box Hill, provide a truly precious habitat for many butterfly and moth species. The day was dull but warm enough to bring out a few of my favourites! Also one I had not photographed before, the marbled white. What a beauty it is!

Marbled White Butterfly

After such a lovely reaction from people to my burnet moth image last week, I thought I’d throw this one into the hat for Wex Mondays and the Fotospeed challenge today. There’s also a gallery of some of the other beautiful butterflies I spotted. The Big Butterfly Count runs for two weeks and you can even download the Butterfly Conservation UK app to your smartphone, to help you survey areas or add individual sightings wherever you are in the country!

also included into WPC: Collage

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 1

Ant vs Caterpillar

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 1

Fray
noun
1.a fight, battle, or skirmish.
Synonyms: altercation, combat, war, clash, encounter, set-to.

Ant vs Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar at Llanymynech Quarry in Wales!

A territorial fray. Who won you ask?

Rescued!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The referee (Heather) decided there was foul play and flicked the ant off the stem!

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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 🙂

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Magnificent Moth

Magnificent Moth

I spent the afternoon with my friend Nikki at RHS Wisley Gardens having a good, girly catch-up, spotting butterflies and this marvellous moth!

I’m pretty sure it’s Noctuidae (Family) Plusiinae (Subfamily), possibly either the Ni Moth (Trichoplusia ni) or a Silver Y (Autographa gamma). I shall run it by the experts to make sure!

We saw a number of other butterflies among the abundant flowers in the borders and wildflower meadow! Next week we’ll visit again with the children in tow. They want to see the WI Scarecrow Trail 🙂