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Swinging from the Chandeliers

I wasn’t wearing my Mac today, It wasn’t that sort of day.

Self PortraitI was out hunting Skippers but I also had my eye open for a Six Spot Burnet emerging from it’s cocoon. Something that I would like to photograph.

Six Spot Burnet CocoonThe easy way to find the cocoons is to look for mating pairs. I do not understand why but every cocoon that I have found has had a mating pair beside it. I am guessing that some sort of pheromone is released when the moth is emerging that triggers mating behaviour,

Well these two were really going for it with an element of enthusiasm. I had to photograph them. Who knows when I will have another chance.

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Six-spot BurnetI love the way that they dress up for these occasions too, The capes and stuff like little red and black super hero costumes. It’s a bit kinky I know but there ought to be more of this 🙂 🙂

Natural Behaviour

There is nothing odd about what I do.

I am wearing a Mac in case it rains and in fact it is a good job that I was wearing one because it pelted down.

Of course my landlord doesn’t know what I get up to, he thinks that I am out photographing Bunny Rabbits. In fact you are the only person who knows about this and I think we should keep it that way.

I hope that you like my photographs.

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Six-spot BurnetWell they seemed like a nice young couple 🙂

Did you know that they die after they have mated? Well, the female gets to lay her eggs and then she dies, the male just keels over with a smile on his face.

Six-spot BurnetFortunately mating  takes quite a long time, I watched these two for two and a half hours (I’m a naturalist, I was interested) They changed position a few times but they were still at it when I left.

Here is another couple, I call these Missionary Moths.

Six-spot BurnetStrangely they have chosen to mate right beside a cocoon with an emerging moth.

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What was even stranger was that every cocoon that I found with an emerging moth (five) had a mating pair right beside it. I have been reading everything that I could find about Six-spot Burnets but I can not find any explanation for this. I did find that quite a few other people have posted the same situation and there must be a reason for it.

It was the cocoons that I was really interested in. I am not really an insect pervert. You’re not are you? 🙂

Here is a full one.Six-spot BurnetA thunder storm put an end to my games today and I didn’t really get the picture that I was after. It took them ages to get out of the cocoons.

Unlike the butterflies that I know, these moths spin a cocoon of silk and then they get inside it to pupate. They have a little organ near to their mouth for producing the silk. Once inside I think that they go through the same process as a caterpillar, moulting with a chrysalis inside but I am not 100% sure on this, I will read up on it.

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Six-spot BurnetThe actual picture that I wanted would have come just after these, when they crawl out and start to spread their wings. I didn’t get it today but I think that it is worth following on with, don’t you?

An empty one.

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I suppose that you would like some more “Bug Porn”, good job that we are not weird. Here are some beautiful animals instead.

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Okay, I’ll do it but listen, don’t ever tell anyone where you got these images from. Can you imagine if the police ever seized my computer?

They would have to make a special ward for me.

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Six-spot BurnetLove is all you need.

Zygaena filipendulae (Trust me)

The Six-spot Burnet Moth.

My mum had a funny story she used to like to tell about the Six-spot Burnet Moth.

I  have always been in love with wildlife, even as a tiny kid. My Dalmation dog, Gyp, Snails in the garden, the annual visit to London Zoo. I had an encyclopedia of Animal Life with black and white drawings that I would spend hours tracing and then colouring in.

Well back in the nineteen hundreds (probably around ’61/62) it was the custom for the family to go out for a drive in their new automobile  and so we did and we stopped in a lay-by beside a grassy meadow for a picnic. Us  children went to play in the grass. It was full of these beautiful little moths. Have you  seen them fly? their wings create a little sort of red centre surrounded by a black mist. I was fascinated.

I couldn’t bear to leave them and when it came time to go I gathered as many as I could and filled up my pockets with them, then of course I let them go in the car.

My family were not great on wildlife and freaked out a bit at the time but my mum used to love telling that story about her cheeky little monkey. Happy days.

I filled my pockets up again today.

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Six-spot BurnetFortunately for the animals I don’t really have to fill my pockets up any more because they have invented SD cards.

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