No wonder the birds don't fancy eating them and the Ragwort in the fields is teeming with these brightly coloured caterpillars of the The Cinnabar (Tyria jacobaeae), a moth which can be seen flying amongst the grasses during the daytime, especially when disturbed. Please see the adult below. Feel free to click the images to... Continue Reading →
2 photos in this post .... feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer on the images … This is the very varied Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) clinging nicely to my shed wall. July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
The Small Grey (Eudonia mercurella) comes from a challenging group of moths to accurately identify. With a forewing length of up to 9mm (0.4in), this small moth can be quite variable, but can usually be identified by its white cross-lines and markings. The adults fly from June to September, and are attracted to light. They... Continue Reading →
This is quite a distinctive and unusual small moth. The Bird-cherry Ermine (Yponomeuta evonymella) has a forewing length of up to12.5mm (just over 0.5in). These moths frequently visit my garden, and they are often attracted to light. Its white silken forewings with fives rows of dots make this one of the easier ermels to identify,... Continue Reading →
I believe this is the first time I have seen one of these gorgeous butterflies visit the garden. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer. July 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
There were lots of these out in the fields. It is also called the 'bloodsucker' because of its distinct appearance. Note the dark tips on the wing cases. They feed on aphids and other insects, also pollen and nectar, and can be quite beneficial when they pay a visit to your garden. The adults live... Continue Reading →
I have never seen anything quite like this before. A butterfly snared by a crab spider. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer. July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.