We had a walk around the reserve and saw many orchids. As Allan says the Early Purple is now past its best. We also saw a Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moth and I am pretty sure is the larvae of the Harlequin Ladybird. If anyone can confirm this or otherwise then please do. Thanks for the I.D. Charlie
|Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae|
Hi Bruce, the moth in your photo is a Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.It's the more numerous of the two species present and can be told from the Six-spot by the spot closest to the wing tip.It's a single spot in the Five-spot and usually split in to two distinct spots in the Six-spot.
Thanks Charlie for your I.D. of the moth.
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