I don’t know much about moths. I got quite excited last summer when we saw a couple of Hummingbird Hawk Moths in a garden in Yorkshire. Not only are they spectacular in flight, they are also visitors from mainland Europe and it astonishes me that Butterflies and Moths migrate. This summer we had a beautiful Garden Tiger Moth trapped in a spider’s web on our kitchen window.
Today, crossing the Golf Course on the way home from the station I was surprised to see what I thought, whilst it was flying, was a pink butterfly.
…not pink and not a butterfly. Rather drab in fact.
…what’s that I see on closer inspection?
Not at all dowdy then, in fact quite a looker.
Apparently, this is a Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing. The Latin name is equally magnificent – Noctua fimbriata
My field guide tells me….
Moth is easily disturbed, requiring little encouragement to fly even in daytime.
Given half a chance I would require little encouragement to fly. But for now I’ll keep on plodding and peeking.
Still can’t see why I thought that it was pink though.