All kinds of insects including butterflies & moths plus arthropods (spiders) and gastropods (snails) here


Sexton or Burrowing Beetle

Beetle caught in moth trap Summer 2020  Photo:  Michael Jarman







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

Caught in moth trap, Hills and Holes 2020 Photo: Michael Jarman







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

Marbled White, Hills and Holes Photo: Steve Lonsdale

Common Blue Butterfly

A common blue at Swaddywell. Photo: Brian Lawrence

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.

Grizzled Skipper

Grizzled skipper, Swaddywell. Photo: Brian Lawrence

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.

Marbled white

Marbled White, Hills and Holes Photo: Steve Lonsdale

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

Silver-washed fritillary at Castor Hanglands. Photo by Cliff Stanton

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.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) on Common Fleabane Photo: Brian Lawrence

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

Sallow Moth

Sallow Moth, Castor Hanglands Photo: Malcolm Hillier

A group of moths varying in colour and marking.  Adults are attracted to light


German Wasp Photo: Duncan Kirkwood

In late summer hundreds of social worker wasps can be observed drinking /scavenging on Swaddywell cabin pond – collecting dead insects to feed wasp larvae