Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) on a Verbena bonariensis in the garden.
This Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) was attracted by the Pandorea
jasminoides in the greenhouse - they are really tricky to photograph as they flit
about - click here to see a very short video of one in the garden.
Left, is a Map butterfly (Araschnia levana) photographed on 25th September 2018 in
our grass meadow behind the house.
This is the first record of this species in the west of Jersey. It had previously
only been seen in the east of the Island since being first recorded here a few years
ago. This individual is from a second (summer) brood, radically different in appearance
from the first (spring) brood.
Spot the moth !
This Red Underwing (Catocala nupta) is superbly camouflaged to hide itself on the
lichen covered cement verge on our house.
Pictured on the Creeping thistle are a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Common blue
(Polyommatus icarus) and Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina).
Left, this Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album ) is basking in the sunshine on a grass
Below, a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaes).
Above, is a Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
Large White (Pieris brassicae) attracted to the Thistle.
Vegetable gardeners are not happy to see these but a cloud of them in high summer
is like confetti.
Caterpillars are usually quite easy to photograph, but sometimes tricky to identify,
luckily we have friends in the local entomological group! The picture on the left
is a caterpillar of the Grey Dagger moth (Acronicta psi) and the hairier one on the
right the the caterpillar of the Jersey Tiger moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria)
Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus). It can be found anywhere where wild grasses are
allowed to grow tall. Hedgerows, woodland clearings and edges are favourites. Our
meadows are, therefore, a perfect habitat.
Southerly winds in summer bring Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) to Jersey;
left seen on Centaurea scabiosa in the meadow.
A Garden Carpet moth (Xanthorhoe fluctuata), a relatively common moth that flies
from April to October.
This is a caterpillar of the Knot Grass moth, feeding on the creeping thistle.
This Silver Y (Autographa gamma) was found during the day hiding in the creeping
thistle - another benefit of this patch in the meadow.
A Peacock butterfly (Aglais io) which had to be rescued from inside our greenhouse.
A Brown argus (Aricia agestis) which looks quite similar to a female Common Blue.