Sunday, 6 July 2014

Maillot vert

We're just back from a fantastic time at the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Leeds which was every bit as amazing as you'll probably have seen on TV. Allez Yorkshire! It must have done our beloved county a power of good.

References to the Tour usually focus on the 'maillot jaune' or yellow sweater worn by the overall leader of the world's greatest bicycle race but we have learned via the Yorkshire stages of the 'maillot pois de rouge' - the red-dotted sweater worn by the first to summit the high points en route - and the 'maillot vert', worn by the leader of certain sections of the Tour which collect points.

Today's magnificent moth wears the latter. What green! It's a Scare Silver Lines and definitely in my top peleton of UK moths (to borrow another Tour term).

Lots of non-mothy tasks today after our time away, so I'll leave it at that for now, with a feast of SSL pics and a couple of Tour Vert ones - sorry they're a bit blurred but we were in the car.


Countryside Tales said...

A Purple Emperor came a-visiting here today- pop over and have a look when you've a minute :-)

Martin Wainwright said...

Fantastic - and brilliant to have her perching on your hand. we're hoping to get over to Bernwood in the hope of seeing some soon. All warm wishes, M