Catching up on my blog reading yesterday, I noticed that last week in the United States at least, according to Rebeccainthewoods, was National Moth Week (read about it here; Scientific American mentions it here). This gives me the opportunity, if a bit late, to show my fruit-piercing moth (Eudocima fullonia), which wanted to come in the house at night a couple of weeks ago.
I let it in, and it fluttered off somewhere. Next morning it reappeared, and I took it outside to warm up (having learned from my last experience with a butterfly).
Here’s another one – in mid-winter, they must be after citrus fruit. They apparently cause a lot of damage to commercial crops.
Much fluttering around had it on its back.
According to Zborowski and Edwards’s A Guide to Australian Moths, there are 20,000-30,000 moths in Australia (similar to the number of our flowering plant species), but only 400 butterfly species. This compares with North America’s 11,000-12,000 moth species and 700 butterflies.
It’s nice to see such a splash of colour in mid-winter.