|Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla)|
The delicate illustration by H N Humphreys is from British Moths and their Transformations pub. 1843. The delicate photograph is by Elinor.
|Twenty-plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) (l - underside, r - illustration)|
Fifteen minutes later another plume-like moth was noticed flying across the lawn in short bursts. It wasn't making much headway and was being tossed by the breeze. Fortunately it was easily captured and photographed when it was identified as Emmelina monodactyla. The wings are tightly rolled and the 'fingers' only just visible in the photograph. Emmelina is a new species so the total is now 316.
THE MOTH: I'm a tiny, tiny thing
Ever flying in the spring
Round and round a ringaring
Long ago I was a king
Now I do this kind of thing
On the wing, on the wing!