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Rare moth spotted

Posted on 25th July, 2013

I spotted this moth in the orchard this morning. Its a Magpie Moth Abraxas grossulariata.  The colours are striking and quite rich upon close inspection. Apparently it was once considered a pest but is now no longer plentiful and in some areas extinct. So that's a moment of excitement to start the day with.

It sat dutifully on my finger while I took its photo, then fluttered off. I went back with a better camera, but couldn't find it. Perhaps it's in a bird by now - a magpie, perhaps? If only the bird knew what I know!

 

Chris Stockwell