In June this year, along the banks of a little stream near where I live, there appeared loads of brightly coloured moths that flew past at speed in a flash of red. When resting, these moths do not appear very brightly coloured……
However, the underneath of their wings tells a different story……..
There were also lots of them coming out of their chrysalis’ looking rather crumpled………
You can really how they are such streaks of bright red flashing past when you see this photo!
I found this little beauty in my front garden, calmly climbing on a shrub. I have to admit that I have been a little cross with the behaviour of this year’s caterpillars as they have eaten my garden alive! However I am unable to hurt them so I just try to move them somewhere else (like the neighbours garden??? No not really!).
Anyway, I decided I needed to know what species it is…butterfly or moth??
Well, God bless the internet as I can now proudly reveal that this caterpillar will become a Grey Dagger moth. I haven’t a photo of my own of one of them but I have managed to find this on t’net.
Grey Dagger Moth
Here’s a glorious sweet pea, bursting and ready and so pleased to not be caterpillar food….
Sweet sweet pea
And now, with great subtlety, on to another sort of pea that I podded only last week. Couldn’t resist the photo opportunity!