When I was in Ireland Spring was late and many of the usual species were not around. Within a week the Speckled Wood butterflies were defending territories and courting along the woodland edge in patches of sunlight. The Green Veined White butterflies were still common. I like these underrated whites – the green underwing and delicate veining effect on the wings is beautiful. The Blue Damselflies also became more frequent, and the stunning Southern Hawkers were busy skimming over the clearings by the lake’s edge. I saw several daytime flying moths. There was even an Underwing Moth caterpillar on the wall. These caterpillars are usually beautifully camouflaged on trees but this one really stood out on the wall!
Male Speckled Wood
Male defending sun patch
Speckled Wood Courtship
This caterpillar usually lives on tree bark
Beautiful Day time flying moth. I do not know the species. If anyone can identify this moth I would be very grateful!