Toadflax Brocade moth caterpillar (Calophasia lunula)

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I found this caterpillar on one of the “weeds” that I love growing in my garden Purple  Toadflax (pictured below) which is also a hit with the bees.

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As a resident species, this moth is restricted to the south-east and central southern coasts of England, where it frequents mainly shingle beaches. It is a relatively recent colonist, arriving around 1950 and quickly gaining a foothold, but appears to be now in decline again.

It has two generations, sometimes overlapping, from May to August, and migrants sometimes appear away from the main stronghold in July and August.

The larvae, which feed on toadflax (Linaria spp., are very colourful, but well camouflaged amongst the foodplant… to see the Adult moth Please click UK moths 

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Bright-line Brown-eye moth caterpillar (Lacanobia oleracea)

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I found this caterpillar feeding on one of our tomato plants in the studio, its the larvae of the  Bright-line Brown-eye moth , the caterpillar comes in both brown and green

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A common species over most of the British Isles, which doesn’t tend to vary in appearance, except perhaps in the shade of brown of the forewings.

It generally flies from May to July, with an occasional second brood in the south.

Favouring suburban habitats as well as salt-marshes, the larval foodplants in the wild are usually orache (Atriplex) and goosefoot (Chenopodium), but it can sometimes attack cultivated tomatoes, feeding internally in the fruit…. to see the adult moth please click ..Uk Moths

Autographa gamma (Silver Y moth Caterpillar)

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A well-known immigrant species, this moth can turn up in thousands under the right conditions, especially at coastal migration watch-points. It can occur anywhere in Britain, and in autumn, the breeding population from spring migrants is swelled by further migration.

The adults can be found from spring through till late autumn, and can be seen by day as well as at night, when they regularly visit light.

The larvae feed on a wide range of low plants.

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To see the adult moth click Here

Ruby tailed wasp II

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As the amount of new insect find in my garden slows down as autumn approaches I still get old favourites like this Ruby tailed wasp and I remember when I started this blog a few months ago  I had never seen one before and the first few photos of it were rushed and not great quality but now I can take my time photographing the insects I have already recorded on here .

To see more information on the Ruby tailed wasp and my first photos please click HERE

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Ghost Moth (Hepialus humuli)

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Description
Wingspan around 50 mm. The English name ‘Ghost’ comes from the white males, which can sometimes be seen at dusk, ‘hovering’ over grassy areas. The females are quite different, being yellow, marked with orange.
Habitat
Rough meadows and grassland.
When to see it
The adults fly during June and July.
Life History
The larvae feed underground on the roots of grasses and small plants. The males have leks in grassy places on downland and in meadows where they fly in numbers at dusk and the females wander, presumably on egg-laying missions.
UK Status
A fairly common species over much of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common…. Nature spot

Xanthogramma pedissequum (type of hoverfly)

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Quite a distinctive hoverfly, Xanthogramma pedissequum is best distinguished from the similar X. citrofasciatum by the dumpy appearance of the yellow triangles on tergite 2.
Habitat
Grassland and open woodland rides preferring short turf and some bare ground such as pathways.
When to see it
May to September peaking in late June and early July.
Life History
Males are sometimes seen hovering just a few centimetres above the ground, particularly over bare ground like paths. The larvae feed on aphids within the nests of ants.
UK Status
The species is quite frequent in southern England south of a line from ‘The Wash’ to the south Wales coast…. Naturespot

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