Thursday, 12 June 2008
Nellie the Elephant
Here we are. The Elephant Hawk Moth. isn't it lovely, even in my inexpert photographic hands. When I was 13, I made friends with the curator of natural history at Leeds Museum, John Armitage. He was a lovely man, very knowledgeable and also a highly skilled miniaturist painter who used to forge postage stamps. He told me and my brother Andy that if we went in August and looked on the rosebay willowherb along Leeds ring road at Adel, we would find Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillars (they are grey with 'eyes' and 'trunks' which led to the moth's name). And so it proved. But this one is from my light trap.