Marvel of the Day.

I love the names of moths: heart and dart;   setaceous hebrew character; cloth of gold; delicate; uncertain; scalloped beauty; ruby tiger and so many more.

This year has been cooler and wetter than previous years, and though I infinitely prefer it, the moths have been late appearing and many nights have been too rainy to capture anything. However, last night was a wonderful night of mothing and I found twenty different species waiting amongst the egg boxes under the UV light.

My favourite name is a French one, used by English speakers the merveille du jour – the marvel of the day, coined by a French observer for the marvellous and unexpected new moth found that night. My merveille  du jour today was a beautiful lace border, which was luminously white and delicate and perfectly named.

I was particularly surprised to see it, as it is moth of limestone meadow and although we live on limestone, most of the moths I see are woodland species. Then I remembered that I have allowed my front drive to grow over and it is now covered in wild marjoram and scree flowers, and maybe after enough years of careful neglect, I have made just the right home for this beautiful and elusive moth in my own garden – a real  merveille  du jour!

4BAAEB32-66C0-4150-9851-20EF530B726E.jpeg4CA50646-4720-482D-A1F8-23D0BB37A6A2

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “Marvel of the Day.

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    I loved hearing about your moth pursuits and knowledge, Cathy. Last summer we put up a moth cloth and UV light to observe the moths around us, you have reminded me to do it again. They are such pretty and unusual creatures. Your merveille du jour is splendid.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    We are not seeing so many moths these days, nor as many insects for that matter, which is a source or worry to me. Your marvel of the day certainly is a beauty.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s