Butterfly/moth experts - what's this?

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by S☼I, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. S☼I

    S☼I already bored

    It's a moth, I'm told. Beyond that - no idea. It was very small, only about 1.5 cm across, if that


    Edited to change "It's a butterfly" to "It's a moth" cos I didn't even get that right :D
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2015
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  2. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    a moth

    Kidding, I don't know tbh, looks quite furry though :D

    A holly blue or a small blue?
  3. S☼I

    S☼I already bored

    lol. what sort
  4. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

  5. S☼I

    S☼I already bored

    hang on biddly I thought you said it was a moth :D
  6. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Holly Blue.
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  7. S☼I

    S☼I already bored

    that looks about right, ta. Was a lovely little thing. Posed nicely for me and flew off the minute I'd snapped it
  8. quimcunx

    quimcunx Too tall.

    you do get some day-flying moths. Saw some lovely, what I think must have been, chimney sweeper moths in a sunlight dappled grove with trashpony, nagapie and Callie last year.

    Dark and velvety as a black hole until the light caught them and they were all of a shimmer.

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  9. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    These are lovely and very tiny day flying moths - Mint Moths. When the light catches their wings...

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  10. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    I did, was trying to be funny :D

    But then looked at its wings and changed my mind and did a bit of googling :)
  11. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    how can anyone not love moths :confused:

    hippy butterflys
  12. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    deffo a butterfly, one of the blue ones but theres a few and Id need to consult a book to work out which. Some are much more common than others (have seen some little blue ones in my garden).
  13. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Post 6 ;)
  14. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    and post 2

    biut what makes you so sure? how do you know its not a himalyan skipper? or a field wangling chafer? hmmmm??? :hmm: :hmm:
  15. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    :D I'm pretty confident it's a Holly Blue - female.
  16. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Kipping in the dunes

    IMG_20170425_151357.jpg IMG_20170819_081526.jpg IMG_20170816_084334.jpg

    First one seen in April, second two in August. The one in my hand I found on the road, already deaded.

    Any ideas?
  17. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Bottom one is a magpie moth.
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  18. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    I wonder if the middle one is some sort of straw moth?
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  19. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Kipping in the dunes

    Thanks. From googling, it says it's quite butterfly-like in appearance, and I did assume it was a butterfly rather than a moth.
  20. pengaleng

    pengaleng Lil' J Pengele PhD. The Angel of Sesh

    my mam is shit scared of moths it's amazing :cool:
  21. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

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  22. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Kipping in the dunes

    Yeah, could be a Bordered Straw Moth, thanks :)
  23. chainsawjob

    chainsawjob Kipping in the dunes

    They make me shudder tbh, but they're quite interesting, and some are pretty.

    Cheers Mumbles274
  24. moon

    moon Happy Happy Jo Wonderland

    Moths are amazing... have you seen these
    The Luna Moth

    The Elephant Hawk Moth
    The Ermine Moth
    The Oleander Moth
  25. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    I've posted this before elsewhere, but we have a gold covered Madagascan Moon Moth :cool:


    Also, although not a moth, an awesome Orchid Mantis 5924de3f-980f-4272-9c5b-a27a266d649c.jpg
  26. Mumbles274

    Mumbles274 running from law and the press and the parents

    Doesn't show how big the moth is.. For size comparison!!

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  27. nuffsaid

    nuffsaid But this goes up to 11

  28. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Is this a garden tiger moth?

    Attached Files:

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  29. Callie

    Callie Pivoting

    Jersey tiger, garden tigers have a different wing pattern. June July tends to be when I've spotted them. I've had a few in my garden recently :)
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  30. 2hats


    Scarlet Tiger that dived to my feet to avoid a bat whilst I in turn was out bat hunting the other night:
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