Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A rather beautiful moth


Did you find any interesting moths during the recent Moth Night?

I have been going back over some of my photos and came across this one, taken beside the mill stream in Flatford in May. The moth is, I believe, a female Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica or Cycnia mendica), although there seem to be similarities with the Water Ermine. Isn't she magnificent? You can see one laying eggs here. The male Muslin Moth is brown.You can see the caterpillar here.

A range of day-flying moths have been posted here. I was surprised to see how many there were, and the linked webpage only shows a selection.  

8 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

wow, what a beautiful moth, Caroline!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Caroline, it is a pretty moth. I like the fluffy looking feathers? Have a great day!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I saw a muslin last year, apparently hermaphrodite individuals are half brown, half white!

Angie said...

Ever so delicate looking isn't it? It's a beauty.

Juliet Carol said...

She's so beautiful and looks like she is all dressed up for a party! Lovely!

Ragged Robin said...

One of my favourite moths - a great find and photo Caroline :)

Julie @Dragonfly Gems said...

Hello Caroline.. I've only just seen your posts on my blog as I've been 'away' from blogging for a little while (explained in my latest post) So glad you like my hedgehog feeding station and pleased to see you've also got a little visitor. I also noticed I'm already a follower of your blog.. but I'm not sure If I've left a comment before or not.. must be my age.. haha. Any way hello from my part of Suffolk. What a stunning moth :o)

Donna said...

What a beauty...looks like it is wearing a fur color!