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Large Colourful Day Flying Moth

Observed: 19th July 2011 By: butterflyhousebutterflyhouse’s reputation in Invertebrates
Large Colourful Day Flying Moth
Description:

I am assuming that this is a moth, from the rest position of the wings. It first caught my attention, when I noticed it flying around the car in the picture. I first thought it was a large totoiseshell or something similar because of the bright red and brown colouring when flying. I spotted it at about midday in a built up area, but very close to the railway. (There are green spaces not too far away.)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria) interacts

Comments

pajodor's picture

No picture attached!!!

No picture attached!!!

butterflyhouse's picture

sorry, attached it now!

sorry, attached it now! Thought I had!

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
-- Marcel Proust
(Although new landscapes sometimes help! :) )

butterflyhouse's picture

Is this quite a common moth?

Is this quite a common moth?

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
-- Marcel Proust
(Although new landscapes sometimes help! :) )

Perdika's picture

Until recently it was only found

in the Channel Islands and on the south coast, but there is quite a large community in South London now. I have been seeing it in Camberwell for the last four years - always makes its first appearance mid-July. It is quite widespread outside the UK - there is a place in Rhodes called "red butterfly valley" which is full of them from June to September (or so I've heard - I'd love to see them there).

Carole