Dutch butterflies, moths wintering in cave

This is a video about the Sint-Pietersberg caves.

In the caves of the Sint-Pietersberg mountain in Limburg province, the Netherlands, wintering bats are counted.

The Dutch lepidopterologists of the Vlinderstichting report that some people counting bats count moths and butterflies spending the winter in the caves as well.

In the Sint-Pietersberg caves, the most common moth species is the herald. 74 individuals were counted this year, more than in earlier years.

The buttoned snout winters much more rarely there: this year, only three moths.

22 peacock butterflies were counted, about the same number as in earlier years.

This year, there were five wintering small tortoiseshell butterflies.

Very unusual colouration of a Silver Y moth: here.

Dutch butterflies in 2012: here.

3 thoughts on “Dutch butterflies, moths wintering in cave

  1. 24 October 2012 Last updated at 12:03 GMT Help

    A giant moth with a 1ft (30cm) wingspan has been found on a windowsill in Greater Manchester.

    The Atlas moth is the biggest moth in the world and is normally found thousands of miles away in South East Asia.

    When it landed at a house in Ramsbottom, it was so large the Blackmore family “thought it was a bat”.

    The moth, which only lives for a week, has since died but 30 of its offspring are being reared at a butterfly farm in Bolton.

    How the moth arrived in Ramsbottom is a mystery although it’s believed to have escaped from a private collection.



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