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Image Taken on 27 May 2022 at 12:41    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

Here a dozen Spindle Ermine Caterpillars seem to arrived at the 'End of their tether' - quite literally.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2023 at 10:40    Image of day on 02 Jul 2023

First seen 4 days earlier (14 May 2023) as a single infested stem of a Spindle tree, we now see that this years infestation of Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars has moved to several Spindle trees and the sunny side of the south hedge. The Caterpillars appear identical to last years.

Ref: 20230702_df3_20230518_1040_012 spindle ermine moth caterpillars infesting a few metres of south face of south hedge (crop + insert)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 30 May 2022 at 07:08    Image of day on 03 Jul 2022

2 days later only a few of the threads used by the Spindle Ermine Moth Caterpillars remain. Here a camera flash makes them clearer.

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Image Taken on 30 May 2022 at 07:08    Image of day on 03 Jul 2022

This is the clump of Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillars in the middle of the above image, but photographed with flash from the other side.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2022 at 08:44    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

The mass showing this year of Spindle Ermine Moth caterpillar has effected every one of our Spindle Trees - we haven't counted, but we planted 25 about thirty years ago and most of them 'took'. Damage varies from perhaps 30% loss of foliage to about 10 of the trees stripped completely bare of leaves.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2015 at 14:19    Image of day on 05 Sep 2015

There are two types of Burnet Moth in the UK (5 and 6 spot) where you count the spots on one side only. This is a 5 spot.
Should you find a similar coloured moth without all the spots check out the Cinnabar Moth instead.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 09:36    Image of day on 09 Nov 2010

A really pretty little moth we think is a 'Square-spot Rustic'.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2009 at 09:50    Image of day on 27 Sep 2009

Continuing from yesterdays night flying moth, first a subtle brown moth called the 'Swallow Prominent'.

Ref: 20090927_da1_20090818_0950_195+1033_287_ft1 swallow prominent moth male in flight with rough hawks-beard flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 27 Oct 2013 at 10:21    Image of day on 20 Dec 2013

We haven't recorded a T-Moth (a type of plume moth) for 3 years, and spotted this one perched in a miniature evergreen outside the house.

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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2019 at 20:08    Image of day on 05 Nov 2019

2 short visits by obviously the same Tawny Owl 2 days apart.
The 1st & 3rd, and 2nd & 4th (from the left) images are uncannily almost identical despite quite definitely being 2 days apart - notice the new damage to the post at the top right hand edge occurring in the intervening 2 days.

Ref: 20191105_d01_20190916_2008_087-20190918_1937_169_fb6 tawny owl short visits 2 nights apart with moth (4 of 5) 1-5 of 5 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 11:28    Image of day on 26 Jun 2010

A stunningly beautiful White Ermine moth caught overnight in a moth trap You don't see the orange body when it is 'at rest'.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:30    Image of day on 20 Jul 2017

A 'frequent flier' is the White Ermine Moth, here echoing the colours of an Oxeye Daisy flower. This is a concoction of 3 separate flights

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:56    Image of day on 03 Jul 2021

A montages celebration of this beautiful White Ermine moth.

Ref: 20210703_da1_20210601_1356_279+1358_293_ft1 white ermine moth in 5 flights (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 13:40    Image of day on 06 Aug 2015

This White Ermine moth is one of the species is one of the species responsible for leaving 'silk' all over hedges. These two images were separate flights montaged for effect.

Ref: 20150806_da1_20150607_1340_162+153+1315_077_ft1 white ermine moth in flight (2 flights) + grass seed head (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 12:50    Image of day on 13 Jul 2014

This is a white Ermine moth as a view from each of 2 different flights montaged to show top and bottom in what we think is an attractive way.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:53    Image of day on 30 May 2011

This (not a new species) is the White Ermine caught the same night.

Ref: 20110530_da1_20110501_1553_248+1602_291_ft1 white ermine moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:04    Image of day on 29 Jun 2009

Some other moths in the trap included 'Ermine' moths which have beautiful speckled wings. The first image is of the White Ermine.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:58    Image of day on 03 Jul 2021

A close up of this White Ermine moth with the tip of a grass blade for scale.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:57    Image of day on 03 Jul 2021

The White Ermine Moth is an extremely attractive sight glowing in the dark of the Moth Trap. Reluctant to leave the 'pill' box at the start of the session, you see here the resting insect (right) with no hint of the glorious orange body (left) while warming up the wing muscles ready for flight.

Ref: 20210703_da1_20210601_1357_285+1355_276_ft1 white ermine moth on box showing orange body only when flapping wings (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 08 Jul 2021 at 15:47    Image of day on 15 Aug 2021

A White Plume Moth still flutters the wings to gain balance after landing on this grass blade. The name Pentadactyla refers to the 5 separate wing segments that align in the perched insect so it looks like a bit of stick.

Ref: 20210815_d73_20210708_1547_037 white plume moth (pterophorus pentadactyla) landing on grass stem with wings still spread(r+mb id@576).jpg




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