It's official!......Why do say that I hear you ask, well because I've found my first December Moth of the year. Yes that's what this particular moth is called, although it's Latin name is Poecilocampa populi
. I found this one early on Sunday morning despite it still being very frosty and only November, but the sun was very bright as you might be able to tell. It's one a the very few moths that fly throughout the winter, well it has a wonderful fur coat after all. Some amateur moth enthusiasts say that the earlier you find it it the year, the more likely you are to have early snowfall. Well I don't know about that, but what I can tell you is a couple of years ago when we had that really hard winter in the UK, I found a specimen in September! So make of that what you will, but I don't think we'll be on for a White Christmas this year
The species is fairly common, although a little tricky to find because of it colour and is found in the the winter months between October to January. The female is distinctly larger than the male, and the wings have a slightly translucent appearance, due to their thinly-scaled surface. the larvae (caterpillars) feed in the spring on a variety of deciduous trees.
Many thanks for all the kind comments and votes on my recent close up of Razor, I didn't think it would go as well as it did being as it was a bit different than my usual work, but it's good to try your hand at other stuff once in a while. Hope you enjoy looking at this image as much, I'm out for the best part of today, but I'll catch up on everyone later, cheers for now...
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