|August Thorn - (Ennomos quercinaria)|
Harvest approaches with its busy day
The wheat tans brown and & barley bleaches grey
In yellow garb the oat land intervenes
& tawney glooms the valley filled with beans
This was the case in 1825 when John Clare was writing his Shepherd’s Calendar but in 2012, as squall follows shower and downpour follows fitful burst of sun, we get in the harvest spirit by celebrating the new month’s arrival with the moth of its name – Ennomos quercinaria or August Thorn. Ennomos from the Greek meaning ‘lawful’ or ‘within the law’ and quercinaria referring to the oak, food plant of the caterpillar.
For details of Carry Akroyd exhibition 'FOUND IN THE FIELDS' visit the Laurence Sterne Trust website.
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