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.
A couple of weeks earlier at the same coastal site the first main arrival of Painted Lady butterflies were all nectaring on a single bank of Thrift.
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.