Luckily I looked again. And I had to look again at my Moth Bible after initially checking out the 'kitten' range of smaller relatives of the grand Puss Moth, and the Leopard, a much more spotty creature which came to the trap last week. Turning more pages brought me to the Black Arches and that is what this is; a very fine and distinctive relative to the much more common Dark and Green Arches (although the latter is a beautifully-patterned moth too).
The Bible credits the Black Arches with pink stripes on its abdomen, so after breakfast I may go and see if I can find it again in the bush where I hid it from hungry birds. I didn't try to photograph its tummy first time round, though I did with the next moth, the Ruby Tiger.
I posted a picture of the first of these to arrive this year just a couple of days ago, and you may have wondered why it has such a grand name. The moth I showed was indoors, squeezed into our bowl of pistachio nuts and looking more russet-brown than ruby; also far from tigerish.
This morning there were three in the trap and I hope these pictures explain the name more convincingly.
Finally, a few other glimpses from the very over-crowded eggboxes - at least 250 moths of some 60 types.
|When shall we three meet again? A trio of Grey or Dark Daggers - you need intimate examination beyond my powers to tell the difference|
|A Beautiful Golden Y, I think|
|And the Silver Y - this one sitting up and paying attention|
|Finally, a Copper Underwing or Svensson's Copper Underwing which spent the night in our bedroom. Again, only experts can tell the two apart.|