|Merveille du Jour (Dichonia aprilina)|
The Merveille du Jour (Dichonia aprilina) is not common in North Yorkshire but we get one or two every year - just as the apples are falling. An account of the derivation of the moth's scientific name can be seen if you type 'merveille' into the search box - or click to take you here.
Without a doubt it is a startling moth. This one was pushing its proboscis through the fine mesh of the moth cage in search of the ivy flower or ripe berry.
|Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)|
|Green-brindled Crescent (Allophyes oxyacanthae)|
|Brown Plume (Stenoptilia pterodactyla)|
The final image is that of the Brown Plume (Stenoptilia pterodactyla). I love the Plume moths but hardly ever see them. This one I found imprisoned in the gallery, clinging to a window pane and it was a pleasure to release it into the garden. What a strange and ethereal moth it is. See an earlier description and derivation of the scientific name here.