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Butterflies & moths


(Ancient Greek - lepis = scale ; pteron = wing)

The most easily recognised garden insects, herbivorous larvae (caterpillars) feed on plants, adult feed on nectar through a long proboscis

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  • Red admiral

    [[{"fid":"239","view_mode":"image_left","attributes":{"height":"1756","width":"2592","class":"media-element file-image-left"},"type":"media"}]]The wings of butterflies and moths are covered with many tiny scales, which are pigmented or iridescent, creating attractive and distinctive patterns of...
  • Riband Wave Moth

    © Colin Rew Idaea aversata There are almost 2000 different moth species in Britain, rather more than the 50 to 60 butterflies. Moths are mostly nocturnal, but some species are day-flying and often brightly coloured. The Riband Wave Moth is a common moth species throughout Britain...

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Aposematic ladybirds

The common ladybird has aposematic colouring, the bright red warns predators that it tastes bitter.

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