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Red Moth with black upperwings showing two red spots on base of wings

Cinnabar Moth. Photo: George McCabe

George spotted this daytime flying Cinnabar Moth on 23/06/19 while walking around Weymouth.

A striking moth with an equally striking caterpillar which can be readily found on Ragwort ,sometimes in large numbers. the caterpillar has bright gold stripes around a black body. The moth has one generation and is in flight mid May- early August.

View of reddish orange and black butterfly with some white wing markings nectaring on an Ivy flower.

Red Admiral. Photo: George McCabe

View of orange and black butterflies nectaring on an Ivy plant.

Comma and Red Admirals. Photo: George McCabe

George tells us that he ventured out yesterday afternoon 03/11/2019 on a beautiful, warm, sunny day after a very stormy night. He went up the Old Coach Road at Upwey, Weymouth where he spotted four Red Admirals and one Comma on 2 Ivy bushes. The first picture shows the Red Admiral still looking great after all the stormy weather and the second photo shows a Comma in the foreground and Red Admirals near the top of the Ivy plant set against a clear blue sky.

View of chocolate brown butterfly with creamy yellow markings on the wings in a butterfly collecting pot.

Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe

For those of you following George’s ongoing saga of the Speckled Wood which is reluctant to leave the warmth and comfort of his house he has just sent us this update on 04/11/2019:

The the Specked Wood is still with us. It decided the floor was the best place, but we had a near miss when the postman opened the door and nearly stood on it, so we keep it in a plastic insect viewing tub my son had, and take the lid off when it is safe. We leave a window open for it to go but it won’t.

Fox Moth Caterpillar.Photo: George McCabe

On one of George’s daily walks on 23/0/19 he spotted this large Fox Moth Caterpillar at Southdown Ridge.

This species overwinters as a fully grown caterpillar on or just beneath the ground in moss or leaf litter .This one is probably searching for a suitable site as it feeds until September ,only emerging briefly without feeding to bask in spring sunshine before pupating near the ground and emerging as a moth from May to June.

View of red butterfly with white, blue and black eye spots on wings nectaring on an Ivy flower.

Peacock. Photo: George McCabe

George came across this Peacock on the Old SW path on the Ridgeway Hill near Upwey, Weymouth on 24/10/2019.  After a morning of rain the sun came out and he told us he just wanted to get out to enjoy the sunshine adding that it just shows that if the weather is right there are butterflies to be seen.

View of brown butterfly with wings closed resting on a slice of apple in a tan coloured dish.

Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe

Following on from the earlier recent posting, the saga of the Speckled Wood which has taken up residence in George’s house continues. George has sent us another photo of it taken yesterday, 24/10/2019, showing that it is still in the porch of his house. He tells us that his wife put out a slice of apple out for it and the butterfly spent the night on it.  It was then rewarded the next morning with another fresh slice of apple – what a very lucky butterfly to have found such a good home.

View of chocolate brown butterfly with creamy yellow markings on the wings

Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe

View of chocolate brown butterfly with creamy yellow markings on the wings - showing it resting on an old grey and white coloured slipper.

Speckled Wood. Photo: George McCabe

George has sent us some photos of a Speckled Wood together with a heart warming story which is shown below (in his own words):

As l went into the porch today (at 10:41 am 17/10/2019) to get my wellies, up popped this Speckled Wood. It clung onto an old slipper at the bottom of the shoe rack, the wife said it came in last night as she came in with the dogs, l put  it outside with the slipper as l went out and told the wife to bring the slipper in if it started to rain, when l got home the slipper and Speckled Wood were back inside and spent the day against the warm glass of the porch and is still there as l write. In the top photo taken at 13:20 pm notice the grey blotch on it’s wing, besides that it’s in great condition and colour.

Hello again, 16:10 pm and just went to check on the Speckled Wood and noticed where what l thought was a grey blotch was a tear and it’s is now a gap in the wing, things happen so quickly.

Friday 17:29 pm 18/10/2019 the Speckled Wood is still in the porch and seems to be happy here, rather than be out in the strong wind and showers, it’s not daft.

Update just received from George sent at 11:28 am on 21/10/2019: just checked – it’s still in the porch

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.

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.