Does anybody know the English or Latin name for this little fellow please? I have it in my French flora and fauna book but cannot find a translation.
10 Jul, 2010
Thank you Michaella
Difficult to see but are they Violas?
Yes Drc726, so I believe, but the moth/butterfly/fly whatever which is sitting on them liked what they had to offer for his lunch so didn't care what species they were.Thanks for your interest.
Sorry thought you meant the flowers.Is it a Cinnabar - family is Tigers, Ermines, Footmen and allies (Arctiids)
Thanks for that Drc726:my fault as I could not get the photograph any bigger without losing focus. He's a very small beastie. ~Shall look up your suggested names for him.
Hello again to Drc726! I thought you might like to know that I have spent ages looking for this moth since this morning, and finally discovered that it is a Six Spot Burnet Moth. Not seen in the photo are its lovely pure red secondary wings. Caterpillar is short fat and bright yellow with black spots which tell predators that it is full of cyanide!
If you wish to know more, log-on to www.snh.org.uk which leads you to PAWS( Partnership for action against wild life crime)
Thank you for spurring me on to find out more> I shall be very respectful to this "at risk" insect next time (hopefully) I see one.
Just saw this and, yes, Burnet Moth, I really like seeing these, but don't often spot them.
Knowing more about them and noting your comments David, I shall keep my eyes wide open for more of them,but they are quite small (30 to 40 mm I believe). They are apparently getting scarcer because we are losing wild flowers:their favourite is clover, so maybe I should plant some in pots. Thanks for the tip about the tomatoes: I shall try it next time I pot some up. I had heard that French marigolds were good to plant near roses too. If I thought that they would cure black spot, I would plant a mini forest of them! Thanks for your interest
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