Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Butterflies and Moths of July - plus a Red foot!

As it's quite a quiet time of year for birding there's always plenty of other things to go looking for. The Silver-studded Blues are showing well at South Stack as are the Dark green Fritillaries at Aberffraw common. There's plenty of other good things there also included Banded Demoiselles and Marsh Helliborine Orchids. The moth trap tends to attract pretty cool moths this time of year including Large and Small Elephant, Poplar and Eyed Hawk-moths. Further afield this weekend I popped down to Northants to Fermyn Woods to see the beautiful Purple Emperor and Silver washed Fritillary and on the way back the very tame Red footed Falcon in North Staffs. All in all a pretty productive weekend.

Silver-studed blues are on the wing at South Stack

Elephant Hawkmoth

Poplar Hawkmoth

Silver studs on the orange spots.

Sion and the Elephant Hawkmoth

Purple Emperor

Purple Emperor

Silver washed Fritilary

Dark Green Fritilary

Red footed Falcon

Buff tip

Marsh Helliborine

6 spot burnet moth

Small Elephant Hawkmoth

Eyed Hawkmoth

Buff tip