The Drinker

Euthrix potatoria – An unusual moth. This is the female of the species. The name comes from the habit of the caterpillar which apparently has a preference for drinking drops of dew. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 Date taken: 26th June 2011 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Maiden’s Blush

Cyclophora punctaria – A finely detailed and beautifully coloured moth from the family Geometridae. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 20th July 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Lunar Underwing

Omphaloscelis lunosa – There is a dark ‘crescent moon’ marking on the pale underwing of this moth which gives it its name. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 23rd, 24th & 30th September 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Barred Sallow

Tiliacea aurago – Although this is somewhat faded, it is quite an attractive moth with autumnal colours and a very diagnostic yellow or yellow-orange central band. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 15th October 2017 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Scarlet Tiger

Callimorpha dominula – This is a wonderfully bright coloured day-flying moth. I found the larva to the adult above feeding on Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) on a walk along a local woodland margin back in the spring of 2012. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 (2019) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 (2012) Date taken: 29th June… Read More Scarlet Tiger

Small Emerald

Hemistola chrysoprasaria – This is rarely seen in my county, and there has only been but a handful of ecologically recorded sightings since the first one in 1967, this one being one of them. A beautiful green moth with distinctive pale crosslines. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 8th July 2017 Place:… Read More Small Emerald

Honeysuckle Moth

Ypsolopha dentella – If you grow honeysuckle in your garden the chances are you may have some of these. This is a chestnut-brown and cream to whitish patterned micro-moth with distinctive upturned wingtips. It has a forewing length of around 11mm ( almost half an inch). Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken:… Read More Honeysuckle Moth

Mint Moth

Pyrausta aurata – Also called the Small Purple & Gold, this moth has always been a regular visitor to my garden, yet I have always grown mint, so that is not really very surprising. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 20th July 2017 Place: Rear garden, Staffordshire  

Lime Hawk-moth

Mimas tiliae – This is a large and impressive hawk-moth with scalloped-edged forewings and olive-green and pinkish markings. The central dark forewing markings may be variable, and in some individuals may be joined to form a cross-band. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon Coolpix P500 Date taken: 26th June 2013 Place: Attracted to moth trap,… Read More Lime Hawk-moth

Green Long-horn

Adela reaumurella – This is the male with his extraordinary long white antennae, which are three times the length of the forewing. The adult flies in May and June, and in the daytime, where they may swarm. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D3200 Date taken: 4th May 2015 Place: Local wood, Staffordshire  

Common Marble

Celypha lacunana – This variable moth has a forewing length of up to 8.5mm (3/8in), and is a common species which can be numerous visiting moth traps. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 15th July 2019 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Beautiful In Red

This true bug is called Rhopalus subrufus, and a new species for me in the garden. It appeared to be attracted to my Water Mint. Looking closer it is quite a hairy species, and one of only four of this genus found in the UK. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Burying The Dead

I initially found this gloriously decorated beetle called the Common Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides) on my kitchen windowcill. You may notice it has a couple of passengers hitching a ride on its pronotum. These are Poecilochirus mites which don’t actually harm the beetle, but grab a ride to the next burial site. These beetles have… Read More Burying The Dead

On The Shed wall

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.

Small Grey

Eudonia mercurella – This small moth comes from a challenging group of moths to accurately identify. With a forewing length of up to 9mm (0.4in), this 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… Read More Small Grey

Red-barred Tortrix

Ditula angustiorana – This is quite a small species of Tortrix moth, and I believe this to be the male which is darker than the female, and is a little smaller. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera used: Nikon D7200 Date taken: 15th July 2019 Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire  

Butterfly Perspective

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.

Ladybird

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … There appears to be quite a few of these around this year in the garden. June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.  

Green & Bronze

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … Meet Lucilia sericata, a  brighly polished-looking fly. This one has rather tattered wings. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.