A couple of Fairlight Moths

Our garden moth trap yesterday held 3 new species for the year: Mother of Pearl [a micro moth larger than many macros ], Cypress Carpet which we get annually, and only my second record of Chinese Character. This is a classic bird dropping mimic, there are quite a lot of these but they are mostly tortrix moths- micro moths, this little moth is a macro. The name comes from a supposed resemblance to the faint silvery markings on the brown area of the closed wing to a character in the Chinese alphabet. Hmmm…

Returning from an early morning foray to Pett levels this sunny morning, I was delighted to see that the 6 spot Burnet Moth cocoon on the stem of the woven willow dragonfly in our front meadow had burst open and the adult was resting nearby.


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