Wednesday, July 22

Spots and stripes


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  1. Lovely. The speckled wood is one of my favourite butterflies, I love those circles. Great to see lots of wildlife down at the plot (or elsewhere?)

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    1. The speckled wood was at Mount Grace Priory, CJ

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  2. Never seen that butterfly before, obviously don't get it with us! We get cabbage whites by the bucket load!!

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    1. It's very rarely seen on the plot Rosie this one wasn't

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  3. What type of caterpillar is it?

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    1. It's a cinnabar moth caterpillar, Mark

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  4. I was going to ask the same question as Mark, I'm no good with caterpillars. It's lovely and colourful though, I wonder if it will be as colourful once it transforms.

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    1. It's a cinnabar moth caterpillar, Jo usually found on groundsel or ragwort etc,

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  5. So is the caterpillar considered good or bad? Here I'm willing to sacrifice some dill for butterflies like the swallowtail, but not for the cabbage whites.

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    1. It dies no harm Daphne and feeds on some weed plants.

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  6. Well spotted Sue! Excuse the pun :)

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  7. I love seeing these helpful critters in the garden - my problem is that I sometimes don't know if the ones I see are good or bad. I'm sure as the years go on, I'll become more adept on that front.

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    1. I wonder how many harmless creatures are squished for just that reason, Margaret.

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  8. What a coincidence! My post was on butterfly too! ;)

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    1. Yes I read it - it is a co-incidence and we are not the only ones.

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  9. The monarchs are back here so just waiting for their caterpillars to appear on the dill plants. Lovely pictures.

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    1. Do you get lots of Monarchs tpals as I have seen films showing them in migration swarms in huge numbers?

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    2. They don't swarm here. Just individuals or sometimes pairs.

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  10. There are some very attractive creatures crawling round our gardens, aren't there?

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    1. There are Patsy along with some nasties.

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  11. Coincidence? I took a photo of this in France and hadn't got around to identifying it when, lo and behold, you post the very same butterfly.

    Sans blague!!!

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  12. Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!xxx

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    1. ...Now the buddleia is in flower, Dina I am hoping for lots more butterflies to photograph.

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  13. Lovely close-ups. I love speckled woods too and cinnabar caterpillars, we get lots on the plot / wider allotment site. My plot is a bit like a meadow in places with tall plantain etc so we get Brown butterflies too plus with a large buddliea just in flower there'll be more variety. I came eye to (wing) eye with a peacock butterfly the other day,it gave me a bit of a shock!

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    1. Peacocks are our most abundant butterfly in the plot, Lou Beautiful aren't they?

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