|Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba|
No new species today, but we did get a couple of exciting moths to look at. The most eye-catching was the Barred Straw who we’ve had in the past but not since I’ve arrived. The Chrysoteuchia culmella was also surprisingly perky for its morning photo shoot. See the photographs below.
|Barred Straw, Eulithis pyraliata|
|Light Arches, Apamea lithoxylaea|
Next came the lackadaisical moths, thank heavens! We had the Light Arches (Apamea lithoxylaea). Apamea, as we’ve come across before is the name of a town in Asia minor where a father of the church resided. Lithoxylaea is a bit more descriptive. Lithos (a stone) and xulon (wood) described the wood-like markings on the moth’s stone-colored wings.
|The Clay, Mythimna ferrago|
Finally, The Clay (Mythimna ferrago), a large pinkish moth, nestled itself deeply into an egg carton. Again, its first name seems a bit arbitrary. Mythimna is for Mithimna, a town in either the island of Lesbos or Mytelene. Ferrago means ‘a dirty red’ or ‘the color of red dust,’ which as you can see, describes its forewings.
Before ending, I'd like to bring your attention to Eva Wiseman's article titled "Why I Hate Moths" in yesterday's Observer. It's an eight paragraph account of her moth-invaded wardrobe, ending in a plea for the extinction of moths. I'd simply like to provide you with some additional food for thought: according to Butterfly Conservation, a registered English charity, only about 6 moth species of around 2,500 actually damage clothing.
-Post by Helen Levins