Thanks Bernard for leading this splendid 10 miles walk from Ditchling
up to the Beacon and along the Downs towards Street and beyond. Details of walks are at Mid Sussex Ramblers
Cinnabar moth caterpillars
were feeding on ragwort. According to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust
, the caterpillars
feed on poisonous ragwort leaves, their body stores the alkaloid poison and passes this on through to chrysalis and finally to the moth. Predators such as birds that don’t heed their colourful warning soon learn how distasteful they are to eat!
The moths themselves tend to fly at night -- unlike the Burnet
moth below, which flies during the day. Click on any picture to expand it.
I had no idea what the above butterfly was.
Thanks William for identifying it as a Small skipper.
Thanks again Bernard for another fine walk.