Butterflies versus moths

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Butterflies versus moths

Recorder 30 Sep Nomansland Common - despite cloudy weather, 18 people and one dog joined me for our last branch Butterfly walk of the season. We set off around the Small Coppers favourite sites on the acid Heath.

We soon found our first Small Copper tucked up on the short grass. It readily crawled onto my hand seeking warmth and we could all examine and photograph it, although its wings remained firmly closed.

We next encountered a group of 3 Small Coppers all roosting on the stems of dead grass, about cms above ground level in a sheltered spot.

After that the next 8 Coppers were all roosting on heather. We noticed they were all conspicuously positioned on or near the top of the heather, so easy to spot.

All had their wings firmly shut and were turned sideways with the maximum surface area pointing towards the sky. Next we found the feathers of a dead Woodcock, followed by another Small Copper roosting on gorse.

We passed through the wood to the eastern side of the Common.


The first Copper was hiding low down in the grass, the next four roosting in prominent positions on gorse about cms above ground.

Finally we found one on the ground with its wings open, providing good photo opportunities. More were seen roosting on grass stems, gorse, bramble and knapweed, all prominently positioned and turned sideways.

After a very brief glimpse of sun we found an upright Copper rubbing its wings together getting ready to fly. Maybe this unusual sideways roosting is a way they can detect if the sun is about to come out and once it does they get ready to fly. Unfortunately we saw no more sun, but there were a couple more Coppers in flight before we got back to the car park.

Just as we finished Jackie drew attention to a Common Blue, roosting on a grass stalk in a more characteristic heads down position.

In total I recorded 31 Small Coppers, 1 Common Blue and two cocoons vacated by 6-spot Burnet Moths - not bad for an afternoon of 14 degrees and only 30 secs of sun!

Butterflies versus moths

A pleasantly sunny day with the following butterflies seen: However the other 12 stayed hibernating. This afternoon I visited a disused gravel pit on the east side of town. A shorter walk today with reduced numbers a consequence: Managed a complete walk today during a lull in activity on the Marshalling Yards with the following sightings resulting: Reduced numbers in today's sunshine in part because I omitted the central Marshalling Yards loop where clearance work is under way, and tidying away of nectar plants on the Pevensey loop has made it harder to find butterflies there.

Still, a dozen butterflies and 7 species though: After the wet weekend, sunshine this afternoon led to butterfly sightings resuming much as they'd left off: Trent Park 'New Fields' Other termites that cause structural damage include the drywood termites (family Kalotermitidae) and the dampwood termites (family Termopsidae).Drywood termites enter at the roofline and damp wood termites like basements and bathrooms or where water leaks occur.

Moths, butterflies and skippers are all insects in the order Lepidoptera. Worldwide, there are five families of butterflies and one family of skippers, which share some specialised similarities in body form.

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The Coleophoridae are a family of large moths, belonging to the huge superfamily timberdesignmag.comtively known as case-bearers, casebearing moths or case moths, this family is represented on all continents, but the majority are found in temperate areas of the Northern timberdesignmag.com are most common in the Palearctic, and rare in sub-Saharan Africa, South America, .

Butterflies versus moths

The differences between moths and butterflies fit into two categories: behavior and anatomy. For the most part, moths are nocturnal. They fly and feed at night.

Butterflies, on the other hand, are diurnal, or active during the day.

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So the winged insect you see feeding from a flower in the middle of. The most obvious difference between moths and butterflies is in their feelers, or antennae. Most butterflies have thin filament-like antennae that are club-shaped at the end.

One the other hand, moths often have comb-like or feathery antennae. This distinction is the basis for the earliest taxonomic.

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