Moths are on schedule, including March Moth:
|March Moth (male)|
It seems that this specimen has been reading the books for a change, because it is a perfect match for one of the images in the standard reference. All of my previous photographs show specimens that look nothing like the reference images.
Both of these moths are feeders on Willow catkins as an adult, and feed on a wide range of broad-leaf plants as a larva.
Today also brought out my first specimen of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly:
I spotted this early instar of the Garden Tiger moth caterpillar wandering across a path. The image shows a few of the long white hairs which will become a feature in later instars.
|Larva of Garden Tiger moth|
I was on the road quite a bit today and noticed a Sycamore and Horse Chestnut in leaf, a couple of 'white' butterflies flying over verges and Cow Parsley and Sow Thistles in flower. What an amazing spring.