Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Grand Paon de Nuit

Isn't this beautiful. We bumped into our lovely neighbour Veronique on Sunday and she had a book in her hand. She was trying to find the name of a moth that they’d found on a wall near their home. It turned out be the Giant Peacock Moth, the largest moth or butterfly in Europe with a wingspan of between 10 and 20cm. This one was around 15cm. It’s nocturnal, so doesn't feed during it’s short life of around a week but spends it reproducing.

Moth

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  1. What a fabulous moth, it is lovely. Xx

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    1. The prettiest one I've ever seen, especially that close up x

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  2. Wow that is stunning, I have only ever seen big moths like that in Africa. Great photo. Diane xox

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    1. We were so lucky to see it. We had already cycled past it when we saw our neighbours who pointed it out to us x

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    2. Diane... you are further South than us... you should get them!!
      Kerry, are they not the most magnificent!!
      We get them at the window most years... but not this yet... probably too cold and wet.
      I found one of those forewings by the Mairie of all places [probably discarded by a bat] and it now sits in the respective page of my insect book... I have flexed that leading edge between my thumb and fingers.. it takes quite a push to bend it...
      Isn't Nature wonderful!!

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    3. It was tempting to touch it, but instead tried to get as close as possible with the camera without scaring it. Will look out for more of these because as you say, they are quite magnificent.

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  3. Just lovely, nice to line in the country side and see all the amazing things. Pretty moth. xx

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    1. We've seen deer, hares, owls, birds of prey and when we got home Wednesday night we had a hedgehog in the garden. We don't see those often x

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