All kinds of insects including butterflies & moths plus arthropods (spiders) and gastropods (snails) here
Sexton or Burrowing Beetle
The Common sexton beetle is a ‘burying beetle‘: these beetles are the undertakers of the animal world, burying dead and decaying animals, such as mice and small birds. Common sexton beetles can be found wherever there are corpses for them to feed on, and often fly into lights at night. They often carry mites which are not parasites, they just use the beetles as transport from one food source to another.
Poplar Hawk Moth
The Poplar Hawkmoth, Laothoe populi, is a member of the large Sphingidae family of Hawkmoths.It’s a common species throughout much of the British Isles and Europe. The moths have a wingspan of approximately 100mm and unusually for a Sphingid hold their hindwings above the forewings when at rest
Common Blue Butterfly
The common blue is a small blue butterfly that flies throughout the summer between April and October. The most widespread of the blue butterflies, it is found in a variety of habitats, including heathland, woodland rides, grassy meadows, parks, large gardens and waste ground.
The grizzled skipper has a striking brown-and-white checked wing pattern. It is a fast flier, so is best observed in the morning as it basks in the sun to warm up. It favours chalk grassland and woodland habitats.
The Marbled White is a distinctive and attractive black and white butterfly, unlikely to be mistaken for any other species. In July it flies in areas of unimproved grassland and can occur in large numbers on southern downland.
Silver Washed Fritillary
The swooping flight of this large and graceful butterfly is one of the most beautiful sights to be found in woodland during high summer. A large fast flying butterfly, separated from other fritillaries by its pointed wings and silver streaks on the undersides which can be viewed as it stops to feed on flowers such as Bramble.
The Painted Lady is a long-distance migrant, which causes the most spectacular butterfly migrations observed in Britain and Ireland. Each year, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonising mainland Europe and reaching Britain and Ireland
A group of moths varying in colour and marking. Adults are attracted to light
In late summer hundreds of social worker wasps can be observed drinking /scavenging on Swaddywell cabin pond – collecting dead insects to feed wasp larvae