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grey /brown moth woith oramge wings yjat resembles a humming bird

Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Photo: Clive Hill

Clive sent us this photo of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth which he spotted along the Wimborne Road in Poole on 15/09/19.

This is a migrant species but this year we have had a lot more sightings in the South of England, so with global warming maybe it will start breeding here if it doesn’t already do so occasionally. They like warmth but do not appear to mind rain as they have been seen on more than one occasion nectaring during a shower.

View of 3 different species of orange and black butterflies on green Ivy plant

Red Admiral, Comma and Painted Lady. Photo: George McCabe

George sent us this photo he took on 06/10/2019 when he was walking on the Old Coach Road from Upwey to the Ridgeway. He added that there were plenty of Red Admirals about together with Painted Ladies and Commas and also a Peacock which he tried hard to get into the photo as well.  The butterflies were all brought out by the warm, sunny day and like so many found the Ivy a great source of nectar.

View of two butterflies on a pink flower - one orange and black and the other red with white and black eye spot markings.

Peacock and Red Admiral. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of two butterflies on pink flowers - both orange and black but one also with white wing markings.

Painted Lady and Comma. Photo: Shona Refoy

Following a recent very productive butterfly visit to Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden,  Shona wrote in to tell us that she went back there again on 02/10/2019 and on a Eupatorium in the corner found the favourite nectar source where she saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Large White, and at least 2 Peacocks and Commas just on this one plant. Shona has sent in these photos of some of them to share with us adding that she loves photos of non-matching pairs of butterflies – with results like these we can understand why.

View of several black and orange butterflies on ivy

Red Admirals. Photo: Brian Arnold

Whilst he was on a Dorset Council Archaeological walk from Maiden Castle on 06/10/2019, Brian saw lots of Red Admirals, plus Comma, Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow in a sunny sheltered lane near Maiden Castle, Dorchester.  The Red Admirals were mostly on the Ivy flowers and Brian tells us were quite a sight with at least 15 of them on the ivy – this photo he sent us really captures the moment showing 5 of them plus a Comma.

Large grey /brown moth with striking red/black hind-wingss

Red Underwing Moth. Photo: George McCabe

Large grey/brown  highly poatterned moth resting with closed wings

Red Underwing Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George was walking at Bincombe on 27/09/19  looking for Red Admirals when he spotted what he thought was a large butterfly around an Ivy covered wall, so took a couple of photos. He was thrilled to ID it as a Red Underwing moth when he got home and says it made his day!

This species is nocturnal, but can be disturbed during the day.  It flies in August and September, quite common in many places over England and Wales and is gradually increasing its range northwards.


Green caterpillar with a horn at tail end

Lime Hawkmoth Caterpillar. Photo: George McCabe

George tells us that on 23/09/19:

l was up on Southdown Ridge today looking out for Red Admirals, as it started to rain l was rushing home and spotted on the pavement what l thought was a piece of bright lime green plastic, then l noticed it moving l took a quick picture.

George moved it to a safe place getting very wet in the process but #MothsMatter so that was a worthwhile act of kindness.

This caterpillar can be found from June-Sept, feeding on Lime tree leaves, whilst the adult moth is on the wing during May and June but does not feed at this stage.

View of Large White butterfly on purple flower

Large White. Photo: Shona Refoy

Just before she went to Norfolk for a few days Shona visited Kingston Lacy on 17/09/2019 and in the kitchen garden there she saw several Large Whites as well as many Small Whites. This superb photo she sent us is of a very handsome looking Large White she saw there.  Shona also mentioned that whilst in Norfolk saw over 50 Commas in 5 different locations – the most she had ever seen.  Quite remarkable as it seems that most of us only see one or two of them at any one time.

View of red and black butterfly with some white markings

Red Admiral. Photo: John East

John sent in this photo of a Red Admiral and told us that on a very wet and windy afternoon, 27/09/2019, he was looking out over his garden wondering when the torrential rain would stop.  Suddenly it did and 3 minutes later he noticed a flash of red out of the corner of his eye. Looking through the window more closely he then saw this Red Admiral which had settled on some gravel.  It was In very good condition particularly bearing in mind the hostile weather for butterflies and must have found a very good place to shelter in out of the rain.