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Daily Archives: July 8, 2018

The adult six-spot burnet moth flies on hot, sunny days from June to August, and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as thistles, knapweed and scabious, as well as the larval food plants bird’s foot trefoil, Dorycnium, Coronilla and clover.

It’s skipper night on the marsh; they are everywhere! Essex skippers have a wingspan of 2.5 to 2.9 cm and they lay their eggs in strings on the stems of grasses where they remain over the winter.

I photographed this comma butterfly on Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve North Pasture. These butterflies hibernate and could be seen year round, but the active flying period extends from April to November, depending on location. Adults feed on nectar, mainly of thistles (Cirsium and Carduus species), but also on bramble (Rubus fruticosus), ivy (Hedera helix), knapweeds (Centaurea species), and privet (Ligustrum vulgare).

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