Over the last three years since my garden pond's inception it has attacted some interesting and beautiful forms of wildlife. Growing Water Mint attracts these attractively coloured little micro moths called Pyrausta aurata - Mint Moth. The adult moths lay ther eggs on the plants and the hatching caterpillars feed on the leaves. May 2019,... Continue Reading →
This moth may not be as exciting to look at compared to some others but it does have rather a curious vernacular name. The shade of the brown forewing may vary a little. Note the ‘brown-eye’, the kidney-mark with the bright orange blotch in the centre, and the white cross-line forming a ‘W’. The adult... Continue Reading →
A small micro moth with an attractive pattern and earthly coloured markings with shades of red, brown, black and grey. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer July 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer July 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
This extraordinary moth is called the Leopard Moth (Zeuzera pyrina). I found the blue sparkling spots on its wings and head quite beautiful. It belongs to a family of moths called Cossidae, and this is one of only three species that can be found in the British Isles. It flies at night and is attracted... Continue Reading →
This small moth is sexually dimorphic, and the female here is showing her colours. The caterpillars of this moth live in bumblebee and wasp nests feeding on the comb and the brood itself, hence where the common name comes from. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018,... Continue Reading →
I don't know why but I get a lot of these moths visit in the garden, and I often disturb them on an evening when watering the garden. I really like the way the sunlight catches its scales and reflects almost like silver and gold. I am also taken by the beautiful distinctive patterning. All... Continue Reading →
This is a moth called the Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala), although I guess one might not think it to be a moth on first appearance. One of its ways of continuing survival is to mimic a broken off piece of a birch twig, right down to that silvery dusting on top. Even though I have seen... Continue Reading →
I think this is a Clouded Silver (Lomographa temerata). I thought this was quite an interesting view which makes the moth appear like it has been iced all over. You really need to double-click to appreciate it. It was taking a drink from the moistened moss. June 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.