I guess I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for butterflies, but meanwhile a few moths have turned up, including some I haven’t seen before. Trouble is I’m useless at identifying them, so please comment if I’ve got any wrong:
Chinese Character, named after the odd little scribble in the middle of its wing. Said to avoid predation by mimicking bird droppings. Small Dusty Wave – very common, larvae feed on ivy.
“Twenty-plume” moth (doesn’t actually have 20 plumes). Very small but one of my favourites. Lives on honeysuckle.
and a new one to me, I think the Buttoned Snout, which – if the ID is right – must have found some wild hops growing locally for its caterpillars to feed on. And of course there are bumblebees and leafhoppers too