Thursday, 2 July 2015

A riband round it

I mentioned last week that the delicate little Riband Wave comes in two forms. At that stage only one of them had showed up. Now we have both and obligingly they came together. Here they are, above, on the trap's transparent top.

The first form was the plain one, though 'plain' is a misnomer for this quintessential Laura Ashley moth. But you'll see what I mean when you see the second one with its lovely smokey colouring along the riband.

This smokey version is commoner in the south of England, a refreshing counter to the misconception that smoke and greyness are 'northern' attributes. Tell that to anyone who knows the Lake District, the Dales or the North York Moors. Mind you, I did once stay at the Grey Hotel in Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. Northerners can be their own worst enemies.

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