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Bright red small butterfly

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:18 pm

I disturbed a bright red small butterfly in the garden at the weekend, he was gone before i could have a proper look at it.

Never seen something like that before.

Then I saw a red one with white bits on again, nothing like that before. odd
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Re: Bright red small buterfly

Postby sizzla » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:00 pm

I saw something similar recently, and identified it as a Cinnabar moth (see below). Is this what you saw?

https://butterfly-conservation.org/1190 ... nabar.html
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Re: Bright red small buterfly

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:37 pm

could have been - he was so quick, tried to find where he went...to no avail!

The red was very striking, wonder if someone has been breeding them locally. do they do that kind of things?
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Re: Bright red small buterfly

Postby mickmc » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:50 am

There are quite a few of them around especially at the side of the rugby pitch near The Firs - they appear quite regularly each year.
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Re: Bright red small buterfly

Postby SCRABBLER » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:56 am

In all probability what you have seen is a Magpie Moth. This moth has red and white on it's wings and looks like a butterfly with wings outstretched
even when resting. It's found throughout Britain and it flies by day, loves soft fruit bushes but is equally at home in the countryside on hedgerows
and wasteland. It is also a garden visitor. (Without a photo, this is about as near as one can get with identification of the above).
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Re: Bright red small buterfly

Postby mickmc » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:50 pm

The ones that I have seen are definitely the same ones as Sizzla has identified .
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Re: Bright red small butterfly

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:13 pm

Just Googled images and was not a magpie month. They are black white and yellow.

I shall watch out in the garden, hopefully if a few around will catch another glimpse.
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Re: Bright red small butterfly

Postby SCRABBLER » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:16 pm

Sorry to argue with Google, but they do have red on their wings as well as the white etc.
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Re: Bright red small butterfly

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:20 am

This is all I can find
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildl ... gpie-moth/

What I saw was definitely predominantly red.
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