Cosmopterix pulchrimella. Photo: Paul Harris
This beautiful 4mm Micro moth was caught in Paul’s moth trap in Weymouth on 07/09/17.
Paul noted that this moth was first found in the UK in 2001, but that this is his first record of it. It’s always an exciting moment when a new species is personally recorded.
It is predominantly found in southern coastal regions but occasionally can be found inland. Usually seen from October-November but actually has a single extended generation from autumn to spring.
Its foodplant is Pellatory-of-the-wall, a non stinging nettle, and can be seen flying over this plant but occasionally comes to light.
The caterpillar mines the leaf preferring broad leaves growing in the shade.
Thank you to Paul for responding to our request for this photograph when seen on Twitter.
Silver-striped Hawk-moth. Photo: Chris Griffin
Silver-striped Hawk-moth. Photo: Chris Griffin
Chris travelled from his home in Somerset especially to photograph this Silver-striped Hawk-moth found at Weston on Portland on 20/09/17.
This is an immigrant moth which has two generations, May-October though it is usually moths from the second generation which reach the UK occurring from August.
The beautiful pattern and colour of this large moth, forewing 33-35 mm, and the prominent eyes make for a super experience for anyone lucky enough to see one. It flies from dusk and visits nectar flowers as well as Ivy. A good reason not to cut back flowering ivy before the end of Autumn.
It has a variety of foodplants abroad and is resident on the north coast of Africa from where it colonises southern Europe each summer producing up to two generations from May-October.
In the UK , most immigrants have been recorded along the south coast, where the largest annual total in 1885 was 41. Since then numbers have been much less with a total of 14 recorded in 1963
Many thanks to Chris of Griffin Wildlife Photography for sending us these photos so that we can all enjoy this stunning moth.
Herald. Photo: Roger Peart
Roger photographed this beautiful Herald moth at his home in Wimborne on 07/09/17.
A resident moth, Heralds can be found Aug-Nov and Mar- June after hibernation. They prefer caves or outbuildings to hibernate.
They often feeds for long periods, night after night at flowers, including ivy flowers, over-ripe berries and at sugar if provided.
Do you suppose it chose this place to rest because of its colour blending so well with the background?
Bordered Beauty. Photo: Roger Peart
Roger found and photographed this Bordered Beauty on 21/08/17 at Edmondsham, Wimborne.
This is a fairly large moth, one generation July-September,often seen on the wing just after dusk. Females can be seen after dark, gently flying among willow foliage, laying eggs.
This moth prefers wet woodland or rides and clearings in damp woods, but can sometimes be found away from this habitat in gardens or hedgerows.
Peacock. Photo: George McCabe
This vibrant Peacock was photographed by George on 26/09/17 whilst on his walk from Littlemoor, Weymouth
He noticed just how well all the butterflies he saw were looking, which surprised him after all the sometimes heavy rain recently experienced.
Butterflies are tough little insects and as long as we give them what they require, they will do the rest.
Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe
George photographed this pristine Speckled Wood on 26/09/17 whilst walking from Littlemoor through to Littlemead and Nottingham, Weymouth.
Speckled Woods can still be seen around, weather permitting, until early October and males can still be seen defending their territory from other males of the same species by frantically spiralling upwards together.
Peacock. Photo: Elaine Conlon.
Red Admiral. Photo: Elaine Conlon
Elaine thoughtfully set up this fruit feeding station in her garden at Broadstone around 20/09/17.
The Peacock and Red Admirals can enjoy this feast which will help to sustain them throughout winter hibernation until they reappear on a warm day in the early Spring. Sheds, garages, outhouses and even spare bedrooms are favourite hibernation spots.
If you are lucky enough to have one, it will be a joy to look forward too, watching it wake up in 2018.
Clouded Yellow. Photo: Mike John Morse
Mike photographed this beautiful Clouded Yellow at West Bexington on 12/09/17.
It is very unusual to find a shot of one with its wings open, giving us an opportunity to see the striking black markings on the upper fore-wings. This butterfly is a migrant with a fast powerful flight and can be found during warm weather in a variety of habitats. It rests ,roosts and feeds with closed wings, which makes this photograph very special.
Thank you to Mike for responding to our appeal for him to submit it to our Gallery.
Small Copper. Photo: Roger Gall
This vibrant Small Copper was photographed by Roger around the 18/09/17 at West Cliff on Portland.
This beautiful little butterfly flies from late April-late Oct and has one to two broods. The caterpillars feed on Docks and Sorrells.
It doesn’t favour any one particular habitat, so can be seen flying in grassy flowery places, coastal regions and parks and gardens in the UK.
Comma. Photo: George McCabe
George spotted this lovely fresh Comma at Bincombe on 17/09/17 .
He had a good walk that morning, noting this and a Peacock as well as 20 Red Admirals. All these butterflies go towards making Autumn a season full of wonderful colours which lift our spirits before Winter sets in.