Friday, 19 July 2013

Avenue Moths and Butterflies

In my last post I reported on a successful ringing trip to the Avenue Washlands in Chesterfield. Whilst there we also had time to look at the insect life of the site, so here are a few pictures and thoughts.

First up is a species of burnet moth, most likely Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth.

Mating Pair
There is another species of moth called a Five-spot Burnet, but, according to the UK Moths website, the Narrow -Bordered species is much more common and widespread.
Another moth species seen in the grasslands was the Shaded Broad-Bar.
Shaded Broad Bar
 As well as the moths, we also recorded a couple of butterfly species: Ringlet (10+), Meadow Brown and a new froghopper species, which I believe is a Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius).
Common Froghopper

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