Latin Name: Aglais urticae Description: The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is bright orange with a black border and blue spots around the edge of the wings. The forewing has 3 rectangular black patches and the hindwings have black on them aswell. The underside of the wings are a black and brown colouring with a row of faint … Read more Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Latin Name: Pieris rapae Description: The Small White butterfly has white wings. The upperside of the wing has one black or grey spot on it’s forewing for the male and two for the female. There is also a black or grey patch on the tip of the forewing. Size: The wingspan on the Small White is approximately … Read more Small White / Cabbage White Butterfly
A butterfly is an insect. They have 6 legs. Butterflies have 3 body parts. These insects have 2 antennae. Butterflies have overlapping scales on their wings. They are coldblooded. Butterflies begin their life as an egg which hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar then produces a chrysalis (pupa) which then transforms into the butterfly. … Read more What Is A Butterfly?
I was recently asked the question Where Do Butterflies Go At Night? by TopVeg. This is an excellent question. Where Do Butterflies Go At Night? Butterflies roost and sleep; In garden buildings. On or in tree trunks. On the underside of leaves. Under dense leaves. In crevices in walls. In crevices in between rocks. Under … Read more Where Do Butterflies Go At Night?
Latin Name: Lasiommata megera Description: The Wall Brown butterfly has orange wings with a brown border and brown markings on the wing. Near the tip of the forewings the Wall Brown has a prominent eye spot with an arc of 3 or 4 eye spots on the hindwing. The underside of the wing is a brown … Read more Wall Brown Butterfly
I have spotted the cinnabar moth twice in the last few weeks. My first sighting of this beautiful moth was in my garden. I was attracted to the bright red wings that flashed by, although at the time I did not know whether it was a moth or a butterfly. Unfortunately on this occasion I did not … Read more Cinnabar Moth Identified
Latin Name: Cepaea nemoralis Description: The brown lipped banded snail has a yellow, pink or brown shell with dark brown spiral bands on it.There are usually never more than five bands on the shell but the number of bands can vary. The shell has a brown band on the lip of the shell and the … Read more Brown Lipped Banded Snail
Latin Name: Helix aspersa. Description: The garden snail is a mollusc since it is an invertebrate (no backbone) which has a soft unsegmented body with an external shell. It has a soft grey coloured body, with two pairs of tentacles on it’s head (the larger pair have eyes on their tips and the smaller pair pick up smells) and a … Read more Garden Snail
Latin Name: Coccinella 7 punctata (7 spotted ladybird) Description: Ladybirds are small, brightly coloured beetles. The black flying wings are covered by a hard shelled wing cover (elytra) that can be red, yellow or orange with black spots or more rarely stripes on it. They are approximately 1.2 … Read more Ladybirds
Latin Name: Inachis io Description: Peacock butterflies have 4 large eye spots on the upperside of a reddy / brown wing. The underside of the wing is almost black. Size: Wingspan is approximately 60 to 75mm. Habitat: Peacock butterflies can be found in meadows, country lanes, farmland, roadside verges, woodland and gardens. Food: They like to … Read more Peacock Butterfly