I have only two more weeks left here at Shandy Hall and many moths yet to blog about so I've decided to quit the "one moth a day" plan and go ahead and get back to posting larger groups of our discoveries.
|Clouded Magpie (Abraxas sylvata)|
An old friend of Patrick visited us at Shandy Hall last week and left us a wonderful present - two old moth volumes with absolutely stellar hand-coloured lithograph prints. Among the moths in yesterday's trap was a Clouded Magpie (Abraxas sylvata), a new moth to Shandy Hall - number 281. I've included a photo of the real and the lithograph version of the Clouded Magpie for comparison.
The genus name Abraxas has no entomological connection to the Clouded Magpie, though interestingly enough if you add the numerical values of the Greek letters in the word together, you get the number of days in a year - 365. Silva or Sylva 'a wood' comes from the Clouded Magpie's forest habitat.
|Blue-bordered Carpet (Plemyria rubiginata)|
- Post by Jane Wu