Monday 15 April 2019

A Gorgeous Ruby Tiger

So it was a bright day today, and once the morning chill had gone, a gorgeous one too.

The afternoon was spent making viewings of flats; all much of a muchness and do any flats have access to old fashioned TV aerials any more? The morning was a much happier 7km trundle around  the cemetery and then onto Grange Fields bridleway.

It was on the bridleway where I spotted a stunning crimson moth warming itself up so I had a chance to take a photograph. I later got this beauty identified as a ruby tiger moth, a common day flying moth, although  not so common I've ever seen one before.

Pleased to have captured it for posterity.

Loads of tawny mining bees were around too, got a good shot of a male but lots of the gaudier females around  too. Bright peacocks and tired looking small tortoiseshells also around, but no brimstones  today.

A bit of work tomorrow, then some time off just as the weather warms up.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 15.04.19


  1. Super photos. I have never seen one of those Ruby moths either. I keep toying with the idea of a moth trap, but not fit enough.

  2. I've noticed a lot of mining bees this year, though I can't recall having ever seen a moth like that. Warming up for Easter - surely that can't be right!

  3. Lovely photos of the flowers and insects. Despite having a moth trap I have never seen one of the RubyTigers!