The Honeysuckle Moth is new : Ypsolopha dentella – 'high-crested and wing-toothed'. A rather sharply defined insect is the Honeysuckle and its distinctive shape should make identification straightforward.
|Honeysuckle Moth (Ypsolopha dentella)|
Two macro moths have been recorded this weekend: The Magpie (Abraxas grossulariata) is the first. Abraxas is a Coptic word said to have been coined by Basilides, an Egyptian Gnostic, to express 365 – the number of days in the year. Abracadabra comes from the same source. Grossulariata refers to the gooseberry which is the food source. There is something startling about The Magpie – the combination of colours gives it a dramatic and almost talismanic appearance.
|Antler Moth (Cerapteryx graminis)|
|The Magpie (Abraxas grossulariata)|