|They eat A LOT. Luckily we have hawthorn in good supply|
These are the offspring of the two Emperor moths which hatched last month, the male waltzing off into Walthamstow where we were on a visit, and the female spending just the day there, broodily on a garden fence, before accepting recapture, return to Oxford and release here. In the meanwhile she had laid a nice clutch of eggs. The experts on the Upper Thames Moths blog thought that they looked fertile; and so it proved.
I suspect that the catties were actually born on HM the Queen's 90th birthday yesterday, which is nice. We watched a bit of a TV programme about the Royals last night which had the young Princess Elizabeth talking rather touchingly about her ideal of service to what she called the 'Imperial family'. On that note, here is the Imperial family of my little brood: