Our walk to Straw's Bridge this morning, was dominated by the excitement of discovering a 'new' species. As we walked home, my attention was drawn to the many Angelica plants and their large inflorescences. These flower heads attract many insects from wasps to butterflies, bees to hoverflies, but I had never seen a Spotted Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata) before.
Polygonia c-album). With its typical, ragged-looking outline, it looks like it has been in a few battles, but the wings are naturally that shape. On the underside of the wings, a small comma-shaped mark gives the butterfly its name.