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Friday, 19 August 2016

Window on wildlife; wildlife on window

First Jersey tiger moth Euplagia quadripunctaria of the year yesterday evening, perched on the window sill. 


This is a nationally rare species with a stronghold in Devon and the south west, though apparently extending its national range in recent years. It's thought some of the summer brood may be from individuals which have been able to develop, all the way from eggs to maturity, as occasional residents, though there may also be migrants from the Continent.

... which means, it's time to look out for other arrivals, such as Clouded yellow butterflies and Hummingbird hawk-moths, travelling to Devon over the August Bank Holiday period.