The first of the burnet moths are starting to emerge from their little cocoon boats on the grass stems at Newborough Warren:
Freshly emerged, the moth pumps up its wings that were crumpled up inside the cocoon.
They waste no time getting down to business! You can almost see here the six spots on each fore-wing, giving them their name – six spot burnet.
This is a bit blurry, but you can see the cocoon that the moth has climbed out of at the top of the picture.
In flight the moths look comical: their heavy bodies hanging vertically as their wings flutter like mad and they drift slowly across the grasses