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Five spot burnet moth
Five spot burnet moth in our Worcestershire, UK garden.
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I was pulling out bindweed in the garden when I disturbed this moth. I raced inside to get my camera, hoping it would stay put long enough for me to photograph it, and it did!
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I'm still working on photographing and identifying visitors to our lavender. Contained herein are (I think) a five-spot burnet moth and a drone fly. It's quite easy to mix up the narrow-bordered five-spot burnet moths with the five-spots, so if anyone can confirm which is in the photo, I'd appreciate it!

There've been lots of small tortoiseshell butterflies, but I have yet to see more than one each of peacock and comma butterflies, of which we had many last year.


Five-spot burnet moth


Drone fly

Both photos taken last weekend in rural Worcestershire, England, UK.
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- May flowers (but no mayflowers) and the lifecycles of lepidoptera and gall wasps: details in rollovers or click through to flickr.

Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja.

01 Garden tiger moth, Arctia caja,  Worcestershire 05-14

Horse chestnut tree flowers, Aesculus hippocastanum, and horse chestnut leaf-miner moth, Cameraria ohridella. :-(

Flowers, moths, and wasps, 9 more small images. )
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The most spectacular caterpillar I've ever seen in the flesh was a Pale Tussock Moth larvae (@ flickr) but I didn't have my camera. I did have my camera for the following four encounters, although three of them were moving fast enough to be difficult to cap. Ironically, it was the moth imago with wings that was still.

1 Caterpillar, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Callimorpha dominula, Worcestershire 04-11

1 Caterpillar, Scarlet Tiger Moth, Callimorpha dominula, Worcestershire 04-11

3 more small images. )

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