Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Miniature elegance

On 27th April I showed the micromoth Ancylis badiana in its normal delta configuration. Today I was very surprised to find one posing with its wings widely spread:

I'm wondering if it was a female showing off her charms. Wingspan about 15mm across in this configuration.

The first of the Tachinid flies for this year:

Tachinids are parasitic on the larvae of moths and butterflies and can usually be identified by their overall 'bristly' appearance. I also generally find that flies with extensive white marks on the fascia might well turn out to be Tachinids on further analysis.

I found this Buff Ermine moth - Spilosoma luteum - on my kitchen floor:

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