|Fenland Pearl (Phylctaenia perlucidalis)|
The moth is appropriately named. Its wings display a muted grey colour; elegant wavy patterns decorate the outer edge of its wings. It is not difficult to associate this silvery moth to a precious pearl buried in a watery marsh. The scientific name, perlucidalis, means 'light' or 'brightness'. Indeed, its wings are thin and translucent - they filter sunlight beautifully.
However, the Fenland Pearl's flimsy appearance is somewhat misleading. It is thought to feed on a variety of thistle. Thistles are perhaps the most resilient plants in the farm fields nearby. Their sharp prickles protect them from even the thick-skinned herbivores on the farms. Ironically they are no match for this delicate moth. Under its dainty wings, the Fenland Pearl is a hardy warrior.
|Moth evening at Shandy Hall|
Post by Bowen Chang