28 July 2010

Toadflax Brocade Moth!

Hi, I'm Calophasia lunula, or the Toadflax Brocade Moth. Jams O'Donnell's not wife found me in the front garden flitting among the flowers - not far from where the caterpillars of my species were found last month.

I am rarely seen in England except at Dungeness and a few places on the South Coast. Romford is not where I am usually found. If there had not been yellow toadflax and valerian in the front garden i oould not be seen now

14 comments:

nursemyra said...

he almost looks feathered

CherryPie said...

Wow!!

feefifoto said...

You communicate very eloquently, for a moth.

jams o donnell said...

THanks Cherie, Nurise,

Feefifoto I hve a good interpreter!

Kay Dennison said...

Wow!!!!!!!!!!

James Higham said...

Highly ornate.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks I think it's a little beauty

susan said...

How beautiful.

jams o donnell said...

Thank you Susan!

Gledwood said...

Hey did you know the absolute way of telling the difference between a butterfly and a moth, night/day activity and coloration aside, is whether or they rest wings open, like that moth, or wings clapped together, like a butterfly.

Which means the beautiful butterflies I keep seeing round my way, are actually moths. How odd!

jams o donnell said...

Indeed Gledwood but moths are beautiful too!

Anonymous said...

I have had the pleasure of the caterpillars appear for a 2nd year feeding on tall purple flowered toadflax self-seeded in plant pots. I presently have a 2nd brood now of some 28 of varied sizes.

Anonymous said...

I have had the pleasure of the caterpillars appear for a 2nd year at my South London home feeding on tall purple flowered toadflax self-seeded in plant pots. I presently have a 2nd brood now of some 28 of varied sizes.

jams o donnell said...

Wow anonymous that is wonderful.The yare beautiful caterpillars, well worth sacrificing a few plants for!