Thursday, 8 July 2010

As promised

The Buff Tip moth has a great camouflage system which is composed of a number of parts: Firstly, the rear of the front wing has an oval mark that resembles a twig broken at an angle. Secondly, the thorax looks like the end of a twig that has been snapped straight off. Lastly, the thorax can be pulled into the ruff of hairs that make a collar just behind it. When the thorax is tucked away in this manner, the head points downwards and the eyes are hidden away down near the feet, as shown below:

I updated my species list during the rather frequent rain we've been having.

1 comment:

Yoke, said...

Thank you very much for the explanation, Stuart!

now I seehow it sees, so to speak.