Late Summer Days

Sadly, we are already half-way through August, and only in the last week has the weather become good enough to be described as ‘enjoyable’. But it got exceptionally nice when the weath did come round, and it was a great time to do the Cliff Walk from the town of Bray to the slightly smaller town of Greystones to the south. Here’s a short video I made which gives a pretty good sense of the cliffs on a good summer’s day –

Here is a still image of the beautiful day-flying, and poisonous Six-spot Burnet Moth featured in the video, for those who want a closer look:

When seen in flight many people mistake the Six-spot Burnet Moth for some kind of huge bee or wasp.
When seen in flight many people mistake the Six-spot Burnet Moth for some kind of huge bee or wasp. Like the similarly-coloured Cinnabar Moth it is toxic to anything which tried to eat it.

Slightly smaller than the moth, but burning just as brightly is the Small Copper butterfly, which is especially common along the coast in summer months. It is only slightly bigger than a thumbnail but easy to spot. However, this species doesn’t sit still for very long.

Keep an eye out for this small but beautiful butterfly species.
Keep an eye out for this small but beautiful butterfly species.

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