Wednesday 7 July 2021

Moths with long names

After our boat trip last week off Staithes, we took a walk along the clifftops at Cowbar. Most of the vegetation is maritime influenced, with some calcareous-loving species too. There had been a big emergence of Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moths, many of which could be seen perched on their dried chrysalises, or nectaring on nearby flowers. They are really very beautiful, despite the clumsily-long name! They lay their eggs on Meadow Vetchling and Red Clover, both of which were present here.

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