MOTH

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This attractive black and white moth had spread its wings on the inside glass of our greenhouse. And it stayed long enough to be photographed.

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CATERPILLAR

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This vivid little caterpillar was climbing on the old walls of Carlisle Castle. It’s bright orange and black stripes make it look like some want-to-be tiger but it is, in fact, the caterpillar of the Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae), a red and black day flying insect which thrives on the otherwise poisonous ragwort plant.

GREY MOTH

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I have to say that I am not particularly fond of moths (or butterflies) but I can appreciate their subtle beauty, and this grey specimen sitting on the house wall in the evening caught my eye. After some internet searching I believe I have identified it as a Grey Dagger or Acronicta psi. Of course, I could easily be wrong, there are so many different moths out there.