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Insects of the day

There are less and less interesting insects about, so it’s kind of re-assuring to spot them in the garden. They are not all as nice-looking or friendly to the plants, but here there are…

Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) on (Senecio cineraria ‘Silver Dust’) foliage.


Juvenile stage (instar 5) of Nezara viridula bug.


Vanessa atalanta, the red admiral butterfly on Echinacea purpurea JS® 'White Prairie'


Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) on Eucryphia x nymansensis flower.

You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953

    Gorgeous Papi Joe ... haven't seen a Cinnabar Moth caterpillar for a few years now ... the numbers are declining rapidly ... probably due to the war being waged on ragwort which is their main food plant.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Same here Dove - lovely pictures Papi Joe and we don't see so many insects here either - when I was a child Cinnabar moth and caterpillar were very intriguing to me and plentiful but not so now.  On our "common" near the beach we do see quite a few insects.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    Thank you for sharing these. The second one conjured up the memory of sitting on a train admiring a green shield bug that was crawling on the window, when a woman sitting opposite casually leant across and crushed it with a matchbox. My impulse was to rebuke her but I thought I'd probably be banging my head against a brick wall, and I'd have felt even angrier. 

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I haven't seen cinnabar moths and caterpillars for ages either but this year we have LOADS of them up on the downs.  There are plenty of ragwort plants, too, though you have to be careful of these if animals graze there.

  • I agree Posy, the ragwort is classed as a noxious weed here and has to be destroyed by the landowner.  I remember it growing quite freely when I was a child - hence the abundance of the above caterpillar and moth.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,021

    Lovely photos.  Never seen a cinnabar moth so had to look it up.

    Most of the butterflies and insects around here move far too fast for me to see what they are.  I shall try my camera instead.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953

    And from an angle not often seen ... image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Yes, that is an interesting angle pansyface - it does look like an alien TRYING TO GET IN!!

    Attaching one or two pictures we have taken recently - I hope you don't mind us adding onto your thread Papi Jo?imageThe first is a Jersey Tiger Moth - do you get them in the U.K?  We have one or two in our front garden every summer - they love attaching themselves to the windows or masonry of the house for hours at a time.imageThe second picture isn't too clear and we can't decide if it is a Broom Moth or Pine Hawk moth (it was under the pine trees), can anyone help us to identify it?

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I see 1 or 2 tiger moths each year - South coast of Isle of Wight. 

  • Jacqueline29Jacqueline29 Posts: 393


    Here are a handful of insects that I have had in my garden, and had the fortune of capturing on my camera. 

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