Saturday, 4 June 2011
Two lovely moths this morning; ever so common and regular as clockwork at this time of year, but you can't get blase about this sort of ravishing colour and patterning. The Peach Blossom, to the left in the pic above, is one of my top ten UK moths; it really does look like a fragment of a fruit tree in flower. In real, its background colour also seems greener which must be a trick played by the scales on the eye. I haven't got a picture of our apple tree in flower handy, but here's one of our rhododendrons in full blossoming glory in honour of the moth. One of Titania's other attendants, for sure.
The other arrival is the Buff Arches with its 'collar' ruff modelled on that of the Spanish ambassador to the court of Elizabeth I and the strange, almost manuscript patterns on its forewings. Come to think of it, the way they wrote by hand so beautifully in those days, its swirls are exactly what the Spanish ambassador might have appended to his signature, with a flourish, on despatches to Philip II of Spain about how necessary it was to send an armada.