Sunday, 19 June 2011

Crumbs, it's a... oh no, it isn't.

Recently, the Admiral discovered this magnificent insect on a poplar tree near his place of work.

If you think it's a Hornet, then you're only half right. This is a moth mimicking the fearsome predator. It is a Hornet Clearwing.

My nautical friend also spotted a few holes from which these moths had emerged.
We had not previously encountered this species, but now know which trees to look out for and at what time of year.


Phil said...

That's an amazing moth - something I'd love to see...

Imperfect and tense said...

Sorry to take so long to reply, Phil, we've been away. And yes it is amazing!