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    Default Butterfly ID please

    Can anyone identify this butterfly I just saw and photographed in the garden. Initially my first thought this is a moth which has been disturbed but as I watched it - it was clearly feeding on flowers. Also as I can see it’s antenna are not clubbed so it must be a butterfly.
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    ‘It’s a day flying moth, can’t remember the name off hand.
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    At first I thought it was an Underwing until I clicked o the photo and realised the pinky tinge was a flower petal - not a red underwing

    Looks like a Silver Y moth to me
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    It's a Silver Y moth
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    Thank you everyone. I learn something new everyday. I would never have believed there are day flying moths.

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    According to the butterfly conservation website, the caterpillar eats:

    "A wide range of low-growing plants, including bedstraws (Galium*sp.), Clovers (Trifolium*sp.), Common Nettle (Urtica dioica), Garden Pea (Pisum sativum) and Cabbage (Brassica oleracea)."

    Best get those peas and cabbages covered! It is a nice looking moth though, it's not just butterflies that are worth looking at.
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    I agree Babru - beauty can be found all around us. .
    Despite we are now into September I still am picking peas but I see no damage to the foliage.
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