Thursday, 18 August 2016

Winged Things

I found this beautiful Painted Lady butterfly dead in the garden this week.  As it had its wings open it shows the beautiful patterns on both the upper and under sides ....

Imagine my surprise then on the same day to find these two moths sat on the house wall under the shower room window.  I think they were 'Old Lady Mormo maura' moths.  Apparently they rest during the daytime in houses and barns.  They were quite large. Their patterning is supposed to look like the shawls worn by elderly Victorian ladies.

Just done a bit more investigation and wonder if they were rarer Clifden Nonpareil Catocal fraxini. They were definitely large.

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