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Butterflies and Moths

 

 

 

 

 

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Left, is a Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria) which has an orange underwing seen when flying.  

A spectacular day flying moth.

This video shows the orange underwing.

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Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) on a Verbena bonariensis in the garden.

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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.

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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 has 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.

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Pictured on the Creeping thistle are a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),  Common blue (Polyommatus icarus) and Gatekeeper  (Pyronia tithonus).

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Left, this Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album ) is basking in the sunshine on a grass seed head.

 

Below, a Small Copper (Lycaena phlaes).

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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.

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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)

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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.

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Southerly winds in summer bring Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) to Jersey; here seen on Centaurea scabiosa in the meadow.

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A Garden Carpet moth (Xanthorhoe fluctuata), a relatively common moth that flies from April to October.

Above, is a Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

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This Silver Y (Autographa gamma) was found during the day hiding in the creeping thistle - another benefit of this patch in the meadow.