A Green Carpet

A small visitor came through an open window and settled on my windowsill. A moth called a Green Carpet (Colostygia pectinataria) because of the delightful pattern and texture on its wings. Only about 2 cm across the closed wings. It’s favourite food plants are Bedstaws, and it had probably been attracted to all the Lady’s and Hedge Bedstraws still flowering on the Greenwood House mini-meadow which is just a few metres from my flat.

Plume Moth

A rather strange, delicate, white moth was hovering and settling in the undergrowth along the hedge between the Community Orchard and the maize field early the other evening. It was a Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla). It was almost completely white – head, antennae, wings, body, and legs – but with what looked like blue eyes. The wings were divided into spokes radiating like the ribs of a fan, five on each side. Each rib was covered in fine filaments so that it looked like a feather. This species of moth has larvae that eat the leaves and flowers of bindweed, and that plant grows all along the field boundary where I found the moth. I could not get a very clear shot because I couldn’t physically get close to the moth and had to use the zoom, but I thought it was interesting enough to share with you.