Walking up towards the greenhouse this morning a brilliant flash of colour left the sweet pea plants on one of the classroom plots. It was a Jersey Tiger moth
These pictures are from the internet. No time to get the camera out! For some years the stronghold for this fairly scarce moth were the Channel Islands, Devon and then west Dorset but in recent years it has spread quickly across Southern England. It flies in August along the Dorset coast from West Bay to Portland but there have been inland sightings in the county as far north as Maiden Newton and Yetminster and even into Somerset. It has even been seen in London.