Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)


There are thousands of different species of moth and butterfly in Britain alone. Larvae are caterpillars and eat vegetation. Adults generally feed` on nectar from flowers.

Above: the monarch butterfly. Photographed in USA.


Above: the swallowtail butterfly. Photographed in USA.

Above: If you disturb a peacock butterly when it is resting with its wings closed, it will open them to reveal its eye-spots. This display is intended to scare and confuse predators.

Above: A close-up of the wing of a tortoiseshell butterfly.

Above: A red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta).


Above: A comma butterfly. On the underside of the rear pair of wings are a pair of white marks that resemble a comma (,).


Above: the emerald silverlines moth (Pseudoips fagana).

Above: The hummingbird hawkmoth. Looking like an odd hummingbird, this moth can be seen on sunny days flying from flower to flower feeding with its long toungue.

Above: A tigermoth.

Above: The cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae). Lays its eggs on ragwort, caterpillars are ringed with black and yellow.

Above: the six-spot burnet moth.

Above: Angle shades moth on my mum's hand..

Above: The Hebrew Character moth (Orthosia gothica). It was found by my second-cousin-once-removed Morgan who is a huge moth enthusiast. Perhaps it runs in families...

Above: Opisthograptis luteolata, the sulphur thorn moth.



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