|Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor)|
|Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides)|
One species which has been recorded before, but surprisingly has not been written about, is the Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides). Its scientific name is appropriate as Habrosyne means ‘splendour’, describing the moth’s beauty, and pyritoides is ‘of fire’, referring to the mineral copper pyrites which strikes fire. It also describes the brassy yellow color of the forewing. While the colors on the moth do not stand out like the Elephant Hawk-moth, the multitude of patterns makes it stunning. The pictures do not do the moth justice as viewing the Buff Arches in real life, it looks as if there are separate textures along its wings.
|Buff Arches (illustration)|
The larvae of the moth feed on bramble (Rufus).
|Riband Wave (Idaea aversata)|
Shandy Hall gardens will be open for National Garden Scheme this coming Friday
(6.30pm - 8pm) - moth identification and release with Dr Dave Chesmore.
Post : Walter Chen [UPenn intern]