These migrant moths are always a delight to watch as they hover at flowers like tiny hummingbirds.
A delight, that is, provided you are not trying to photograph them! They have an extraordinary turn of speed and a very irregular stop start flight pattern.
Only occasionally do these day flying moths stop and when they do they are easily over looked – see last years National Moth Day results.Poldhu on the Lizard in Cornwall. All images can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Already, the flowers on this bank of Thrift have withered and the migrant insects have turned their attention to the Red Valerian which is a plant that grows abundantly throughout much of Cornwall both in gardens and in the wild.