Large Emerald Moth

It’s always the case, isn’t it?

You see something worthy of a photo and your camera is miles away!

Luckily my Man of Many Talents was nearby when I spotted this moth on a fir tree… and he had his pocket camera with him…

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It’s a Large Emerald Moth, although it looks very much like a butterfly, hence its specific name Geometra papilionaria.

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(Click on the picture for a closer look at the pretty furry head and body.)

Apparently they live off birch, of which we have plenty, and I was extremely lucky to spot it; firstly since they usually only fly at night, between June and August, and secondly due to its excellent camouflage. This one was quite bright green, so had probably only just emerged.

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The name is fitting – a gem!

Have you ever seen this moth? Or has some other new creature caught your eye this summer?