Sunday, 13 July 2008

Moths have swallowtails too

Yesterday's picture was a swallowtailed butterfly. Here is the Swallow-tailed Moth. Not as dramatic, but lovely nonetheless. They visit the trap most nights at the moment and this one is very unspoilt. Moths get a battering from their daily lives and at least half of the ones I catch have torn wings, faded colours or bald patches in their hair. The Swallow-tailed is one of the few moths you may come across and recognise in flight. It lollops around like a lost ghost, often not long after dusk.

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