Day-on-day the temperature in Britain is rising. As a young girl I was often told that when there are a perfusion of moths flying about at night it is a sign of the onset of a very warm and sunny weather period. Tonight there were more moths than ever – dancing about in the late evening. Many were kissing the electric lights (the new low energy ones at least doesn’t scorch their delicate wings), others were simply resting on any surface they could find.
I found this Small Magpie Moth on the door in the bathroom. It is quite common in Britain especially in Southern Scotland, Northern England and Ireland but less frequent in the Midlands, Wales and Southern England. This is the first one that I have seen for several years.
This picture makes the white of the moth look slightly blue but in actual fact it is a very definite white. The wingspan measures 2.6 cm. The moth can be found flying around during the months of June and July. It lays its eggs on nettles and the young caterpillars can be found rolled up in the nettle leaves.