We’ve seen the impressive caterpillar before and now here’s the adult. Extremely well disguised as a wood chip. Though not so much when I had to remove it from the rake and it hopped onto my jumper. The moth and caterpillar aren’t a problem on the allotment, as it mostly likes to eat buddleia or weeds. Does anyone else think the face looks like a baboon? Maybe it’s just me. I thought it was going to have the word tufted in its name because of that impressive wedge hairstyle! But I was able to identify it through the Butterfly Conservation website , where they have a good ‘ identify a moth ’ page
It’s always a pleasure to spot (sorry) a new ladybird on the allotment. This little beauty was in the polytunnel enjoying the warmth I’m sure. I wasn’t sure whether it was a Pine, a Kidney Spot or a Harlequin so sought advice, through Twitter, from The Ladybird Survey. They confirmed it as a kidney spot ladybird ( Chilocorus renipustulatus) Ladybirds are generally welcome on the allotment as their larvae are good predators of aphids, though this particular bug prefers deciduous woodland and eats coccids (scale insects) so won’t find them on our plot, maybe go to a plot with fruit trees instead.