A snow storm in June.

A snow storm in June!. Not really but it looked like it. I was up at Ainsdale Local Nature Reserve to witness the irruption of the White Satin Moth. Thousands of these day flying moths emerge together and walking amongst them is just like being in a snowstorm.

3938 White Satin Moth


The moths are very beautiful with their snowy white wings and black and white banded legs.

They are quite rare in the UK and Ainsdale is one of the few places where they breed. The area is very localised with the moths found amongst the Creeping Willow.

Most of the moths were on the wing but I did spot a few caterpillar and pupa.

11. Caterpillar of White Satin MothD. Pupa

I thought I was there quite early in the day ( 9.00am) but with the warm weather I was too late to catch one emerging from its pupa and expanding its wings. Here is an image taken last year.

21 Wing expansion

The males have only one thing on their mind – find a mate.

Soon the female is ready to deposit her eggs and the whole cycle begins again.

514. White Satin Moth depositing eggs

I will be back up at Ainsdale at the weekend. This time I want to take pictures of the orchids.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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1 Response to A snow storm in June.

  1. haycockwendy@yahoo.co.uk says:

    Amazing – fabulous pictures.

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