It was quite windy but warm here in Kent today. With a smattering of very light rain. Below are pictures of a few moths and butterflies, insects and plants. The first picture is not very good, but I am curious if anyone knows why ants would climb up this flower? It is called Ragwort, poisonous to horses and cattle. You will often see this being dug up and removed from farmers fields where they keep livestock. But, the Ragowrt Moth uses it to feed its young, so we can’t remove it from nature completely. I took pix of the caterpillars too. There are also a couple of pix of the Common Blue Butterfly. I had hoped it was a Silver Studded Blue, but the black line surrounding the wings above and under are not thick enough. Never mind, but just look at the state of it from above. It has been through a lot in its short life!
The Green Veined White Butterfly. Tricky to photograph.
I posted this plant, the Mullein Plant, being mullered by the Caterpillar of the Mullein Moth a few weeks ago. It survived and is now flowering.
Below is the Wild Flower Ragwort, with a Caterpillar from the Ragwort Moth feeding on it.
Below I have posted pix of an assortment of Butterflies, Bees, Moths and Insects. But mainly this is about the Six Spot Burnet Moth. Below are images of them mating, feeding, sadly dying in the middle of hatching and waiting to hatch.
The following pix show a failed hatching of the six spot burnet moth ( above ).
The pic below shows two chrysalis of the six spot burnet moth yet to hatch on Agrimony. The failed one above was on giant knapweed, not that this was the problem.
The pic below shows a pair of mating six spot burnet moths, while in the foreground you can see the failed hatching of another one.
A couple of Moths, a Damselfly and three Common Blue Butterflies fighting over the right to mate.
The Green Hairstreak Butterfly is one of a group of Hairstreak Butterflies in England. They are quite small and in the case of this one, very well camouflaged! The Ermine Moth was flying around early afternoon. I saw it go under a plant, put my camera down there and managed to get a couple of shots, I then took a risk and bent the plant over so the moth was in the sunlight. I managed to get this pic with my fingers, I’m not holding the moth, I pushed the plant over from underneath the moth. As I went to take a better pic, the Green Hairstreak stopped by – and the Ermine flew away. I then took a pic of a Blue Damselfly, but the pic isn’t good enough to post. However, the female Orange Tip Butterfly is. The male has orange tips to its wings. The Green Hairstreak is on a Forget-Me-Not.