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Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

17 August 2020 Whilst clearing a few plants next to a path this wonderful looking caterpillar crept out: A quick check on the iNaturalist app identified it as an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar, so called because it looks like an elephants trunk! They are usually found between July and September, the two enormous, black eyespots towards […]

Yellow Barred Longhorn

Yellow Barred Longhorn

Whilst watering my 1 year old maiden apple trees in the fruit forest nursery I came across this little beauty. I couldn’t believe how long his antenae are! He is a male yellow barred longhorn, a diurnal moth who apparently is most commonly found on forest and woodland floors – so nice that he recognises […]

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) on Michaelmas Daisy Michaelmas Daisies seem very popular with this butterfly, we have seen it repeatedly return to feed on the flower giving lots of opportunities to photograph it.The Small Tortoiseshell is one of our most familiar butterflies and used to be one of the most common but in recent years […]