|Varied Coronet (Hadena compta)|
The beauty above is called the Varied Coronet (Hadena compta). It’s a relatively new moth to England: it arrived in the southeast in the 1940s and has been slowly making its way across the Isles since then. The Varied Coronet mainly feeds on sweet william and bladder campion, however neither of these plants grow in the garden; we can assume that this individual blew in from a nearby village. Its scientific name is quite interesting: Hadena comes from 'Hades' and compta means 'adorned', from its attractive pattern and colors. I’m not sure why moths in this genus are compared to Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld, and frankly I’m not sure I want to…
|Beautiful Hook-tip (Laspeyria flexula)|
|Beautiful Hook-tip (illustration)|
|Ghost Moth (illustration)|
We are now up to a total of 431 species at Shandy Hall, and I can’t wait to see if and how that number will change in the next month!
Post by: Gabriella Morace [UPenn intern]