A Love for Lepidoptera

Butterflies and moths, which form the order Lepidoptera, are some of the most elegant and readily seen insects in summer in the Caledonian Forest. They have relatively short lives as adults, during which time they must mate, so they rely on high energy food, such as nectar from flowers, to power their flights. Although most moths are nocturnal, some species are active in the day, and are more subtly coloured than many butterflies.

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Green hairstreak butterfly (Callophrys rubi) feeding on the male flowers of an eared willow (Salix aurita) at Athnamulloch in Glen Affric.
Eye spot on the wing of a peacock butterfly (Inachis io).
Red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) feeding on ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) on Dundreggan.
Ear moth (Amphipoea oculea) feeding on ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) on Dundreggan.
Crescent moth (Celaena leucostigma) feeding on the frass ejected by a goat moth larva (Cossus cossus) from a birch tree on Dundreggan.

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