Monday, 14 August 2017
Fluttering and crawling round Ffos Las
The dreadful weather of this summer so far has limited my walks and sightings of butterflies as they, like me, don't much enjoy getting wet. However, here are a couple of sightings from earlier this month on Ffos Las and at home in Trimsaran starting with a truly dreadful mobile phone picture of a large yellow underwing which I disturbed sheltering under my carport on 4th August.
A dingy footman nectaring on ragwort on 5th August. Incidentally, I have seen very few cinnabar larvae on the plentiful ragwort this year and not a single adult moth either.
A painted lady basking on the footpath, 5th August.
My commiseration to Jacqueline for losing her Old Lady in her post of 9th August as I had a similar frustration in not managing to get a photo of the clouded yellow butterfly that I saw on the 5th. It flitted from flower to flower tantalisingly close to me but never settling long enough for me to focus the camera and then it headed off across the scrub land where I couldn't follow. I didn't see any clouded yellows at all last year but saw several in 2015 so am hoping to see another one this year.
Is this a white ermine larva? It was "running" across the path on 10th August.
All corrections and help gratefully received, as always.
Posted by Maggie James