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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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Blue Monday: Soothing Scabious

Blue Scabious

Blue Monday: Soothing Scabious

Sometimes called the pincushion flower, it is believed that Scabious may have come by it’s name as it was once used as a folk medicine to treat scabies. Whether this is true or not, I certainly find it a very soothing sight in an English Country Garden during the summer!

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor in honour of Smiling Sally
Smiling Sally