Friday, 14 May 2010

Looking But Not Seeing

Sometimes I find that I am so engrossed in trying to spy out the creatures, I just don't spot them when they are right under my nose: a case of not being able to see the wood for the trees.  This happened a couple of days ago: I had been on a long meandery walk when I suddenly spotted the time and realised that the rest of the walk needed to be a brisk one.  I stopped scanning the banking and started to walk off, and that was when I spotted it, standing out like a boil on a bare backside: a Brimstone Moth.  How I had missed it when searching I don't know.  He was hidden slightly behind a blade of grass, but very obligingly stayed put as I moved the blade away, and also moved the blade of grass that he was clinging to in order to get some better shots.  I wish all moths were this obliging! 

It was certainly a fat little chap, and would make a tasty meal for a bird.  I ensured that I tucked it back into the base of the hedge and camouflaged it with another blade of grass when I left.


  1. I have never seen this species of moth before - what a beauty!

  2. I've not seen one of these for a few years Kerry.
    Great shots. They are beauties aren't they. Love that first one.


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