Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Five-spot Burnet moth

A fairly common but striking moth, photographed here on Stinking Willie or the Common Ragwort.

Common Ragwort is one of Britain’s much-maligned wildflowers. Supposedly toxic to horses and cattle but the plant is generally ignored by grazing animals. The problem occurs when ragwort gets mixed in hay for winter feeding. On the other hand, ragwort is great for insects and invertebrates, an essential plant.

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