Redheaded Cardinal beetle *St Davids, Wales*

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The Red-headed Cardinal Beetle is a medium-sized beetle found in woodland, along hedgerows and in parks and gardens. The adults are present during the summer and can often be found sunbathing on flowers or tree trunks. They are predators and feed on other insects flying around the flowers on which they are perched. The larvae are flattened in appearance, which enables them to live under loose bark where they feed on the larvae of other insects.

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Garden Tiger moth Caterpillar (Arctia caja) *St Davids, Wales*

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Wingspan 45-65 mm.

Another species which was a favourite with early collectors, who selectively bred it to create unusual colours and forms.

Once a quite common moth in most of Britain, it seems to have declined in many places in the last few years.

It flies in July and August, and will regularly visit the light-trap.

The caterpillars are the ‘woolly bears’ of many people’s childhood, and feed on a number of herbaceous plants.

To see the beautiful moth it turns into see UK Moths 

The Drinker moth Caterpillar( Euthrix potatoria) *St Davids, Wales*

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Wingspan 45-65 mm.

This species gets its English (and Latin) name from the habits of the caterpillar, which is supposed to have a liking for drops of dew.

The yellowish females are slightly larger than the orange-brown male, but both sexes usually show the two distinctive white spots on the forewing.

Flying at night, in July and August, the males especially are attracted to light.

Grasses and reeds form the bulk of the foodplants, and the species is fairly common in the southern half of Britain.

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To see the adult see here UK Moths

Garden Chafer beetle *St Davids, Wales*

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Scientific name: Phyllopertha horticola

Size: Approx 10mm long

Distribution: Found throughout the UK

Months seen: June to July

Life span: The adult beetles live for up to 8 weeks

Habitat: Parks, hedgerows, gardens and woodland edges

Food: Adults feed on leaves of various plants and trees. The larvae feed on roots

Special features: Garden Chafers have chestnut brown wing casings which are covered in tiny hairs. The head legs and thorax are dark green in colour. Like other chafers there are fan-like flaps at the ends of their antennae.

Green Dock Beetle – Gastrophysa viridula *St Davids, Wales*

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Mating Dock Beetles , the female below has the swollen abdomen.

Description
Length 4 to 6 mm. A small green-golden beetle the elytra often seem to have a sheen.
Habitat
Usually found on Dock plants, it can be seen anywhere that Dock is present, such as roadside verges and field margins. It is often seen near to water.
When to see it
May and June.
Life History
The pregnant female is very noticeable. Her body becomes so swollen that the wing cases are totally displaced. The larvae feed on Dock leaves.
UK Status
Common and widespread in Britain.

Dark Green Fritillary caterpillar (Argynnis aglaja) *St Davids, Wales*

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The Dark Green Fritillary is the most widespread fritillary found in the British Isles and is a pleasure to see as it flies powerfully over its grassland habitats, frequently stopping to nectar on Thistles and Knapweed. It gets its name from the green hue found on the underside of the hindwings, which are peppered with large silver spots. This butterfly can be found throughout the British Isles, although it is less common in central and eastern England. Outside of central Scotland and southern England, it is most frequently found in coastal areas and is the only fritillary found in Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. Despite its powerful flight, it is somewhat surprising that this species is not particularly mobile, staying within its breeding grounds.