Moths Nectaring on Ragwort

During the summer of 2017 whilst attending a moth trapping event at Hardcastle Crags I witnessed the amazing attraction flowering Ragwort had on moths looking for a nectar feed.
There were noctuids, pugs, plumes and other micros present so I decided there and then to delve deeper in to this largely overlooked mothing extravaganza and record my findings on camera - hopefully.


Cloaked Minor, All Saints' graveyard, Aug 5th 2017.

Common Pug, All Saints' graveyard, Aug 5th 2017.

Smoky Wainscot, All Saints' graveyard, Aug 5th 2017.


Small Copper at All Saints' graveyard, Skircoat Green, July 30th 2017. The site is really overgrown now and I think it looks great! It must be a real boon for the local insect population.

Gatekeepers at All Saints' graveyard, Skircoat Green, July 30th 2017.


Common Plume at Tag meadow, Cromwell Bottom, July 27th 2017.

Slender Pug, Tag meadow, Cromwell Bottom, July 27th 2017.

Slender Pug (as above) and Straw Dot, Cromwell Bottom, July 27th 2017.

Common Footman at Tag meadow, Cromwell Bottom, July 27th 2017.

Yellow Shell at Tag meadow, Cromwell Bottom, July 27th 2017.

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