Lovely Garden Tiger moth by the Coast and Countryside depot at Ainsdale this week.
Not a rarity of course, but probably my favourite UK moth (with Emperor running it a close second).
Wonderful magpie camouflaged upper wings, with stunning orange rear wings, which are hidden when the beastie is at rest.
Strange how they're on the coast, and turn up further inland, but I've never nabbed one in the moth trap at Dempsey Towers....I live in hope, although they don't come to light that often.
We had a good look at this individual, allowing Ralph Jones and Chris Tynan to get a shot or two, before putting it in a quiet area of shaded grass to safely rest the day in peace.
The moth trap at Dempsey Towers has been relatively under-used this summer (so far) - the last time I cranked it up, the heavens opened and my egg-boxes filled with water in a few minutes.
Hopefuly they'll be dry enough for another crack soon.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...