Tuesday, September 11, 2007

North Fife Moths

I meant to post this in June but mislaid the disc. Moths in North Fife are aplenty but this amongst others is a favourite. The Large Elephant Hawk Moth I find to be particularly beautiful, it has a wingspan of about 3 inches, fantastically coloured, feeds at dusk, hovering and thrusting out its long proboscis, tricky to photograph on the wing so I hand plucked this one so we might see. Years ago, neighbours were strolling along the road (as we do in warm June weather) as we hung out by the gate along side which was a stand of Valerian flowers, we chatted. Pervading all was the thrum of maybe 50 or so elephant hawk moth simultaneously hovering to eat, a sound and vision I will always remember.

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