A Purple Clay (Diarsia brunnea) was found crouching in the cell of an egg-box this morning. The second part of its scientific name brunnea (brown, earth-colored) correlates to 'clay'. As its name suggests the moth is rather unassuming in appearance. The colors of its wings are dark and indistinct, possessing neither the elegant, high-contrast patterns of the Small Magpie (Eurrhypara hortulata), nor the playful colours of the Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) - both species found in the trap as well.
However, when I observed it more closely, in the light, I noticed its concealed beauty. It's wings showed a glimmer of purple, the furry surface suddenly looked like fine velvet. It reminded me of the luxurious robes of royalties of the past; purple, after all, is a regal color.
|Ingrailed Clay (Diarsia mendica)|
The Purple Clay brings Shandy Hall moth number: 339.
Post by Bowen Chang