Friday, 30 August 2013

When is a Butterfly not a Butterfly .....

.... when it is pretty and looks like a butterfly to me but .....

As we were trolling* home down the lane this flutter landed on the path. I knew I had seen one like it only once before so took a few photos. After looking on several butterfly identification sites it was nowhere to be seen. Then the penny dropped. Not a butterfly - a moth.

In this case a Magpie Moth: (Abraxas grossulariata)

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Unfortunately I have no new videos for this Friday.

* troll, from the Middle English trollen, to stroll.

10 comments:

  1. A great find John. I haven't seen one of these since I was a kid. They used to be so common then.

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  2. It is supposed to be common Keith but I have only seen one once before.

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  3. I too am green with envy. It's years since I've seen one.

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    1. Right time, right place Adrian. It literally dropped to the ground right in front of me.

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    1. Even though I hate moths TWG I must admit I think that one is a beauty.

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  5. When is a Magpie not a Magpie - When its a Moth.
    There are some colourful ones John, but I don't have much interest in them myself.

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    1. That would have been a better title Roy.

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  6. Nice find John. I've seen a few in the caterpillar stage but not in its full glory for many years.

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    1. It would appear they are fairly scare nowadays from what several have said Frank.

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Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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