Midsummer treat

Three, yes three, Scarlet Tiger moths in the trap last night – an unexpected midsummer treat when I delved into the egg boxes this morning.
Brilliant colours – a real treat!
They often fly during the day and can be easily disturbed, so worth looking out for.
This moth has a proboscis which means it can take nectar – some species never eat at all as adults but live on the stored fat they built up as caterpillars. They live to breed and, once that job is over, they simply fade and die.

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1 comment
  1. Jealous! Still waiting for Scarlet Tigers here – but I’ve had several hawkmoths – Poplar, Lime, Elephant and Small Elephant Hawkmoths. Maybe tomorrow… Di

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