This morning I was in the garden doing a spot of deadheading, when all of a sudden, just as I was about to snip off some buddleia flowers that had finished, there was a Jersey Tiger Moth.
You can see that there weren’t many white flowers left, no wonder I nearly chopped it off.
All the time I was hoping that it would open its wings and show me the bright orange/red underwings………
Excuse me while I try and have a look underneath..no still can’t see them.
We had them in the garden last year, I wonder if they laid their eggs here then or are these visitors from the Channel Islands that come across each year?
I’m still trying to see their red wings,
but no luck this time. The red markings are very noticeable when it flies, but as soon as it stops to feed and folds its wings, it is well camouflaged.
Nothing for it but to use the one I managed to photograph last year!
They obviously favour white buddleia, it does have a very strong perfume. Unlike the butterflies that are very skittish and fly away when I come near to them, this moth was oblivious to my presence and stayed on the same panicle of flowers for literally hours. They are common in southern and central Europe, the Channel Islands and only in the SW corner of Britain, aren’t we lucky!