This moth, so well camouflaged on the oak trunk, has recently emerged, having spent the winter as a pupa underground. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves, so this species is not uncommon in the Wyre Forest.
Whilst out in the Forest yesterday Dave Scott spotted this Grey Shoulder Knot on the bridge near Lodgehill. Roger Plant’s excellent photograph of the moth sitting on grey lichens demonstrates its amazing camouflage!
This attractive little ladybird was found amongst ripening Guelder Rose berries. I wonder if it has been attracted to the berries of a similar colour to itself?
The females of a few of our macro-moths are completely wingless such as the Vapourer and Mottled Umber. A few have tiny wings like the Early Moth and Winter Moth, but the vestigial wings of the Dotted Border female shown here are larger, about half size. This one was found well camouflaged on the trunk of an oak tree.