Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Horntail and Burnet Moths

Whilst out walking in the woods around Drymen on Sunday we saw two pretty unusual things. First of all we saw the scariest looking insect I think I've ever clapped eyes on. It was about 2 inches long and was yellow and black. My only guess at the time was that it could be a hornet. However it turns out to be a horntail which is a type of sawfly and also completely harmless.

A while later we saw some type of Burnet moth. I'm not sure what type but we think it was either the 5 or 6 spot variety. Although I have seen two types of Burnet moth up on the island of Canna in the Inner Hebridies I have never seen any others.

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