While on our Naturetrek visit to Romania, even though we were not particularly looking for moths, we still came across a few. Nothing very rare but still good to see. These shots include: a Burnet Companion; a Mother Shipton; and a Silver Y.
We spent a fabulous morning taking part in the Bioblitz at Westonbirt. Nature experts took groups round the arboretum to see small mammals, butterflies, bees, wildflowers, dragonflies and more. My pictures include: marbled white, small skipper and comma butterflies; a wood mouse; large red and common blue damselflies; a pyramidal orchid (past its best); a red soldier beetle; male & female meadow grasshoppers; and a garden tiger moth.
We seem to have a plague of moths in our house this year – but few are as pretty as this Yellow Shell.
This moth is named after a Old Mother Shipton, a 16th century witch from Yorkshire who is said to have prophesied the death of Cardinal Wolseley and the Great Fire of London. The pattern on the forewing of the moth includes a shape that is very similar to the way the face of Old Mother Shipton was portrayed by caricaturists at the time.
This tiny but beautiful moth is a regular visitor to our garden