49 thoughts on “Another damn moth

          1. Granny Weatherwax would be horrified! (It’s a Pratchettism, which I think the Simpsons writers have copied a time or several.

  1. Pithom is right of course; I did not see it as I was looking for something smaller and
    ´saw´ (=hallucinated) two or three candidates already.

    Maybe next time you can help us answering by adding checkerboard-style coordinates?

  2. It was asymmetric because the right wing is covering the left. Funny how that tripped up my pattern recognition for a second while I had to retrace my first impression.

    So, is that “a rightie” and is there a symmetry break between the two possible preferences? And how would a winged insect that stacks its wing decide, by the way?

  3. Pinned to the tree? I hear they won’t land there naturally: otherwise natural selection would happen and Jesus would be sad.

  4. I say it’s located a little to the left and a little above center of photo. (An overlying grid would help more accurately locate, though perhaps it could also obscure a bit.)

    1. Considering that it’s Matthew-in-or-around-Manchester, spiritual home of all industrial pollution, I’d go for Biston betularia, the “Peppered Moth, leuco-form (i.e. light coloured, as opposed to dark coloured). Yes, that moth.
      I’m not as mothologist though, so don’t take my word for it.

      1. It’s too green for that, and looks like a Noctuid (B. betularia is a Geometrid, an “inch worm”). I second the guess of Dichona aprilina. One of its U.S. relatives has a similar common name: Agriopodes fallax, the Green Marvel. There are other similar species – I photographed one in my backyard that I haven’t been able to identify yet.

      2. Yes, a Merveille-du-Jour. A female without the male’s feathered antennae.

        The (in)famous Peppered is black and white.

        1. The (in)famous Peppered is black and white.

          Like I said, I’m not a mothologist. The only time I’ve had someone point out a Peppered Moth to me, they weren’t a mothologist either and were suitable cautious.
          I’m always cautious of interpreting pale colour casts on photos. It’s all to easy to slip the colour balance a few hues in the chain from camera sensor to screen pixel. Which is why I’ve [thump!] got my set of colour-comparison charts sitting on the desk here beside me.

  5. Found it! (On walking back to the screen after getting up to get something, so viewed from a distance helps.)

    1. Maybe predators (birds?) experience the same phenomenon? The moth has the color shading about right but its pattern looks to be more symmetrical than the background.

      I wonder if predators can detect a scent from the moth at close range?

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