droning on about moths #mothtrap

So an update on the moth trap. The recently inclement weather has meant it hasn’t been possible to put the trap out for the last 10 days or so, save one evening when it was very cold so the turn out was rather poor. But here are a few of the images from those two nights…

But then. this morning at just after 7 I wandered outside to turn the light off. The plan was to check the contents later, just leave it be for an hour or so. Yet what was that on the frame? Something… I saw this.

Geez. That’s big I thought. I knew what I was seeing; we enjoyed these beauties coming to the trap dad ran when I was a kid and we bred them through from caterpillars and eggs.

We measured her to show you how large we are talking I nudged her onto my finger for you to see her wonderfully curved body.

When pressed, the strange sitting position with the underwing pushed behind the forewing is replaced by the loud orange spot on the underwing, a clear warning to predators to keep back.

And placed on our apple tree you begin to understand the cunning camouflage they use.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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20 Responses to droning on about moths #mothtrap

  1. You got some absolute beauties there!

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  2. stevetanham says:

    That’s got to be a Vulcan moth bomber, Geoff…

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  3. Fabulous. Such wonderful markings.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Fabulous the Le Pard and nature xxx

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  5. Other-worldly …

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    Wow, is that cool! And what a precious gigantic exemplar. Thank you for sharing, Geoffle!

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  7. I’ve never seen one with a curved body before – well not that I noticed anyway. The camouflage factor is one of nature’s delights! It is so fascinating to be able to see these night wonders up close and personal – A good reason to have your little trap set up! I shall look forward to seeing more of your captures.

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  8. Norah says:

    What an awesome collection. Love that final one. Huge! We have some large moths over here too – as large as a small bird. They’re scary when they fly at you! 🙂

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  9. The white one, white with black spots and the yellow one are beautiful, Geoff. 🙂

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