Distractive markings on lepidopteran wings

The Comma (Polygonia c–album) is a familiar butterfly, seen throughout most of England and Wales in the summer. Most people will have looked at the white ‘comma’ mark on the underside of the hindwing, and many will have wondered what is it for? One, slightly controversial theory, is that it is a ‘distractive’ marking; something…

EU migrants: Influx of Silver Y moths

The Silver Y moth, Autographa gamma (Linnaeus) is an immigrant to the UK, coming here to feed, breed and fly away again each year. It rarely stays over winter; it’s just too cold here for its liking! In reality, we (the United Kingdom) are just a stopping off place on a seasonal journey which takes…