Butterflies and moths

Above photo…’Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar’. All the hawkmoth caterpillars are really interesting, often with a rear horn. The moths they turn into are usually equally amazing.

Be sure to credit Crouching dragon if you use any of these photos, and please also link to my post 👍

‘Burnet Moth’ On Lavender

‘Brimstone’ female, the females vary from whiteish to green whereas the males are always yellow

‘Clouded Yellow’ on Echinacea. Sometimes mistaken for ‘Brimstone’ but the head is a different shape and eyes are different, also the wings are more rounded, lacking the points on the ‘Brimstone’ To notice these differences can be difficult if the butterflies are in flight.

Female ‘Marbled White’ The males are stark black and white whilst the females are more sepia

‘Long Tailed Blue’ I’m unable to identify gender without remembering the colour of the upper side. These are tiny butterflies and very flitty, rarely staying still for long.

This is a ‘Fritillary’ They are quite hard to distinguish, unless you are an expert, which I am not, and there are many of them. I think this is a ‘Queen of Spain Fritillary’

And here is it’s upper side.

And to finish..the unmistakable ‘Scarce Swallowtail’, sooo big and such a beautiful flight.

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