The Badger’s Eye Guide to the Butterflies & Moths of Barwick, Herts v1.1

Updated 24th August 2009 to include;
Hummingbird Hawkmoth

As this blog is part diary, part Natural History notebook this entry is a baseline of butterflies and moths spotted and photographed in and around Barwick so I can refer back and add to it in the future.

I’ve found two web resources particularly useful in identifying species;


Gatekeeper or Hedge Brown (male)Pyronia tithonus

Speckled WoodPararge aegeria

Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta

CommaPolygonia c-album

European PeacockNymphalis io

Painted Lady – Vanessa cardui

Small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae


Hummingbird Hawkmoth – Macroglossum stellatarum

Small Magpie – Eurrhypara hortulata


  1. Beautiful colors. Nature is really amazing..

  2. Thanks for the comment and the visit. I have a couple more butterflies and moths to add to this post after another sunny August weekend. Look out for the 'hummingbird hawkmoth'. It's really cool

  3. Very beautiful and well photographed!!

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