Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mull of Galloway 4

In late June and early July the Mull of Galloway is home to a large population of six-spot burnet moths, feeding on a carpet of wild flowers that includes this pink-flowered form of yarrow.

Thyme is also a popular source of nectar. These moths are weak fliers and I often wonder how many get blown out to sea from these coastal sites, which are windy most of the time.

These two are making provision for any casualties that might be swept off the cliffs by the blustery wind.

There are cinnabar moths here too - this caterpillar was in the final stages of demolishing a ragwort plant.


  1. These look really good on the pink Yarrow Phil.

    I've not seen so many here this year, but quite a few Cinnabar. I never think it's summer till I've seen the caterpillars on the Ragwort lol

  2. I know what you mean Keith - we've just come back from Holkham in Norfolk and there are loads of cinnabra caterpillars and adult moths on the dunes.

  3. I had heard of the wild flowers of U.K from friends. It is as though I am seeing them with their pollinators! Thanks.

  4. Hi lotusleaf, flowers like yarrow are the perfect platform for photographing insects - just sit and wait to see what turns up!


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