Thursday, July 1, 2010

In Clover...


Last summer large numbers of silver Y moths arrived at around the same time as the spectacular influx of painted lady butterflies. Haven't seen any painted ladies this year and only a modest number of silver Y moths, but those that I have seen along the Durham coast have been irresistibly drawn to clover flowers - easily probed for nectar with that long proboscis.

4 comments:

  1. I've seen a few of these around recently. Had to look up the name. Nice shot Phil

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  2. Hi Keith, they hardly ever settle do they? They must feed to refuel constantly...

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  3. I had one in my garden two nights ago, Phil, feeding on the cranesbill. It was hovering a lot then settling on the flower to feed, so it must have been using a lot of energy.

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  4. Sometimes they seem to turn up in large numbers, Emma. I think they breed here and produce another generation in autumn..

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